Northeastern Rolls Past JMU, 5-0
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 9, 2012) - Second-seeded Northeastern scored three goals in the first 26 minutes and rolled to a 5-0 victory over #3 James Madison in the semifinals of the CAA Men's Soccer Championship on Friday evening at Vidas Field in Philadelphia.
With the win, the Huskies (12-2-4) advance to Sunday's CAA championship game for the third time in the past five seasons. NU, which is looking to capture its first conference title, will face the winner of tonight's second semifinal between top-seeded Drexel and #4 Hofstra. JMU fell to 9-7-3 with the loss.
Northeastern senior forward Don Anding, the CAA men's soccer Player of the Year, scored a pair of first-half goals and junior defender Conner Alexander also contributed two goals. Huskies' sophomore Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave added a goal and an assist.
Northeastern jumped out to a quick 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute. Fayd'Herbe de Maudave lined a corner kick into the middle of the box to Alexander, who headed the ball into the left side of the net from eight yards out.
The Huskies cashed in on a JMU miscue to increase their lead in the 21st minute. JMU goalkeeper Kyle Morton was attempting to dribble the ball back into the box when Anding raced in and took it away along the endline. He easily finished into the open net to make it 2-0.
Northeastern tacked on another goal less than five minutes later. Junior defender Jonathan Eckford launched a 40-yard pass to a wide-open Anding along the right sideline. The Huskies forward made several dribbles into the box and then beat Morton to the left corner from 15 yards out. The goal was Anding's 13th of the year, which is tied for the most in the CAA.
The Huskies expanded their lead to 4-0 in the 61st minute. Junior midfielder Dante Marini made a nice run down the middle of the field and fed a pass to Fayd'Herbe de Maudave. The Huskies' sophomore made a spin move at the top of the box and then fired a 15-yard shot from the left side into the net for his fifth goal of the season.
With just over 11 minutes remaining in the game, Northeastern took advantage of another Dukes' miscue to make it 5-0. Morton came 20 yards out of the box to play the ball and attempted to clear it to the middle. The ball landed at the foot of Alexander, who fired a shot from just inside midfield to the open net before Morton could race back to defend. The fifth goal matched a season-high for the Huskies.
Northeastern had only a 12-11 advantage on shots, but scored on five of its seven attempts on net. Huskies' goalkeeper Oliver Blum made two saves and posted his sixth shutout of the year. Senior Paul Wyatt took a team-high three shots for JMU.