Dukes advance to CAA championship match

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- For the first time since 2014, James Madison men’s soccer is headed to the Colonial Athletic Association tournament finals to face Hofstra after defeating William & Mary 2-0 in the CAA Semifinals on Friday night at Sentara Park.

Redshirt sophomore Carson Jeffris led the match with three points after firing the game-winning goal in the first half.

36’ | Junior Manuel Ferriol dribbled down the field and sent a perfect through ball to redshirt Jeffris who struck into the upper-90 for the game-winning goal while notching his seventh of the season.
56’ | Sophomore Tom Judge scored off a give-and-go, starting in the midfield before passing off to Jeffris from 30 yards out. Jeffris found Judge inside the box who scored on a left-foot finish into the right corner of the net.

Led by redshirt senior Billy Metzler who registered three shots, the Dukes outshot the Tribe 10-5 with three on frame. Sam Onyeador made one save for William & Mary while the Dukes’ defense spared redshirt sophomore TJ Bush from seeing any action in the net.

-The last time the Dukes made it to the CAA Finals they won the title in 2014.
-JMU is looking to win the program’s sixth conference title.
-With the 2-0 shutout over the Tribe, Bush has earned his 11th clean sheet of the season, tying an individual single-season record set by Alan Mayer in 1972 and tied by Josh Kovolenko in 2000.
-This will be the first time the Dukes have faced the Pride in the CAA Championship match.

“It was a great all-around effort from our guys tonight and I’m proud we kept another shutout. We played a complete game and the guys seemed excited for the moment. We now have to switch our focus to Hofstra who played very well in the other semifinal game. I’m pleased with this group and their efforts tonight, but now we need a result on the biggest stage.”

The top-seeded Dukes will face the three-seeded Hofstra Pride in the CAA Finals on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in Sentara Park. Admission is free and the match will be available to watch on CAA.tv.