JMU roundup: Dukes sweep CAA men’s soccer honors
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RICHMOND — James Madison University collected both Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer weekly awards Monday as junior defender Bjarki AÃ°alsteinsson was named Co-Player of the Week and freshman forward Joe Vyner earned Rookie of the Week after the team opened CAA play with a 1-0-1 record last week.
In JMU’s two games last week against No. 21 Delaware and No. 25 UNCW, AÃ°alsteinsson was matched up with the conference’s two leading scorers and did not allow either of them to find the back of the net. On Wednesday, a 1-0 victory versus the Blue Hens, AÃ°alsteinsson marked Guillermo Delgado and kept the CAA Preseason Player of the Year off the scoresheet while helping the Dukes earn their fourth shutout of the season. Delgado has scored eight goals this year for a conference-high 16 points.
He also aided in JMU’s 1-1 draw on Saturday against the Seahawks by keeping Jamie Dell, the conference’s second-leading scorer with seven goals and 15 points, out of the back of goal while helping the Dukes finish a stretch of four games in a row against ranked opponents with a record of 1-1-2.
For Vyner, he tallied his team-leading third goal of the season in the 83rd minute to lift the JMU to an upset win at Delaware. Vyner was on the finishing end of a great lead-up play started by redshirt freshman defender Toby Appleton. Appleton intercepted a ball at midfield and played his touch to senior forward Josh Grant in the middle of the field. Grant then found redshirt senior midfielder Steven Mashinski, who then crossed the field into the box for Vyner. The freshman finessed a header back to the far left post to beat the Delaware goalkeeper.
Hofstra’s Maid Memic shared the Co-Player of the Week honor with AÃ°alsteinsson after scoring three goals last week, including both game-winners for Hofstra.
James Madison returns to action Wednesday on the road at Drexel. The Dragons are 4-6-3 this season and 0-2-1 in CAA play. JMU enters this week with a 5-4-3 overall record and a 1-0-1 mark in CAA play. The Dukes are also 3-1-1 on the road, with their lone defeat coming at No. 19 Virginia in overtime.
RICHMOND — After scoring three of the James Madison women’s soccer team’s five goals last week, sophomore defender Jennie Sroba was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week for all games played Oct. 6-12, the league announced Monday.
Sroba scored the first two goals of her career in the 20th and 49th minutes last Friday against College of Charleston to put JMU ahead 2-0 in what would end up being a 3-0 victory. Both tallies came on crosses from senior forward Katie Hyland from the right side.
In the second game of the week against UNCW on Sunday, Sroba got the Dukes on the board in the fourth minute when she scored the eventual game-winner on a header. After helping JMU jump out to the lead, Sroba moved back and helped the Dukes record their second shutout in a row.
JMU returns to action Friday in a road match at Drexel. The Dukes (9-6, 4-1 CAA) and Dragons (7-5-2, 4-0-1 CAA) will kick off at 7 p.m.
HARRISONBURG — James Madison garnered another award for last week’s win over Towson with senior defensive lineman Brandon Lee being named The Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week, the publication announced Monday. Lee was earlier named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week and College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
In the Dukes’ 62-7 win over Towson, Lee made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, recording five total tackles, with 3.0 tackles for 19 yards of loss, including 2.0 sacks for 16 yards, and three forced fumbles resulting in two JMU turnovers. The second forced fumble directly resulted in points, as it was caught in the air by linebacker Rhakeem Stallings and returned 27 yards to put JMU up 20-0. Lee was a leader on the defense that limited Towson’s Darius Victor, the second-leading rusher in the CAA, to just 37 yards on 12 carries, and the Tigers’ offense to just 234 yards of total offense while forcing four turnovers.
JMU will enjoy an open date this weekend and will return to the field on Oct. 25 on the road at Charlotte. The game is slated for a noon kickoff and can be heard on the JMU/nTelos Wireless Broadcast Network.