Harrisonburg, Va, – Five different players scored for the James Madison men’s soccer team Wednesday night as the Dukes rolled to a 6-1 win over visiting VMI in a non-conference game at University Park.
Josh Grant scored two goals to help the Dukes improve to 3-1-0 on the season. Junior Jonathan Barden, sophomore Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, senior Karel Manrau and senior Mike Whitaker all tallied their first goals of the season.
The Dukes struck first as Aðalsteinsson scored in the 13th minute. Aðalsteinsson, a defender, moved into the box for a JMU corner kick by Adam Bastidas and delivered a header that bounced off a VMI player and into the net. It was the second career goal for the sophomore, with both coming on headers.
The Keydets responded just over a minute later, scoring their lone goal of the game and the first in five meetings with the Dukes. Wes Saupe scored for the first time this season, finding the back of the net on a rebound off a shot by Kyle Forche.
Shortly after the game-tying goal, JMU broke the game open with a flurry of offense, scoring three times in 2:21.
Manrau started the rally with his second career goal. Markus Bjorkheim tallied his first assist of the season on the play.
A little over two minutes later Whitaker upped the Dukes’ lead to 3-1, scoring on a rebound off his own shot. Just 17 seconds after that the score was 4-1 as Barden dribbled all the way from midfield into the box for an unassisted goal.
Grant scored twice in the second half, giving him a team-leading four goals on the season. His first goal came in the 56th minute after taking a nice short pass from Bastidas in the box.
Tom Fouhy delivered a perfect cross that Grant finished for his second goal in the 66th minute.
Kyle Morton started and made one save to pick up his third win in goal for the Dukes. Bill Groben played the final 11:36 but didn’t face a shot on goal.
After playing four home games to open the season, JMU will play on the road for the first time this Sunday. The Dukes will travel to Georgetown for a 1 p.m. game. The Hoyas were ranked No. 17 in the most recent NCAA rankings.