JMU: Dukes top No. 21 Delaware for road men’s soccer win

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NEWARK, Del. – The James Madison University men’s soccer team opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a 1-0 victory over No. 21 Delaware on Wednesday night.

JMU (5-4-2, 1-0 CAA) scored the lone goal of the match in the 83rd minute when freshman forward Joe Vyner scored his team-leading third goal of the season. The play that set up the game-winning goal started at midfield when redshirt-freshman defender Toby Appleton intercepted an errant ball and fed senior forward Josh Grant in the middle of the field. Grant found redshirt-senior midfielder Steven Mashinski on the top-left side of the penalty area. Mashinski crossed the field into the box and Vyner gently headed the cross home into the left side of goal to seal the victory for the Dukes.

Delaware (8-4, 1-1) finished with a 7-5 advantage in shots, but JMU redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Morton registered his fourth shutout of the season and sixth of his career.

The victory for the Dukes marks the first time JMU has defeated Delaware since Madison last traveled to Newark in 2011. The Blue Hens had won each of the previous three meetings between the two programs prior to Wednesday’s game.

After playing its last three matches on the road, JMU comes home Saturday night to take on No. 25 North Carolina-Wilmington at 7 p.m.

Field hockey

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The James Madison field hockey team won its seventh non-conference game and eighth overall (8-3, 1-1 CAA) on Wednesday evening, earning a 2-1 win at Davidson (2-10, 1-2 A-10) on the road.

After the first tally at the 13:29 mark of the game, both teams went without a goal for 49:19. In the 63rd minute of play, senior back Dana Allaband fired in her first goal of the season to give JMU a 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats, however, were awarded a penalty stroke 50 seconds later and successfully converted the opportunity to cut the JMU lead in half (2-1). After a JMU timeout, the Dukes were again able to gain control on offense, firing off three shots over the final five minutes of play and earning the 2-1 win.

JMU took 17 shots during the game with 11 shots-on-goal while Davidson took two shots with one on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Sara Kraeutler earned the win (3-1) after allowing no goals during her time in the cage while Davidson’s Emily Leytham tallied the loss (2-10) after allowing two goals and making nine saves.

Junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte posted the first goal of the day for JMU, giving the Dukes to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute of play. She dribbled down the end line, beating the defense and goalkeeper to put the ball away near the right post. JMU outshot Davidson 6-0 over the first 35 minutes of play, with the lone shot-on-goal finding the cage.

The Dukes earned five corners in the game, holding a 5-1 edge on the Wildcats overall.

The Dukes return home on Sunday for a 2 p.m. conference game as they host CAA foe William and Mary.