JMU Men's Soccer wins CAA Title, Headed to NCAA Tournament

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics, WHSV) -- James Madison men's soccer won its sixth Colonial Athletic Association title as the Dukes overpowered Hofstra in penalty kicks, 4-2, after a 1-1 draw in regulation on Sunday afternoon at Sentara Park.

The Dukes (12-4-3) advanced on PKs to win their first CAA title since 2014. With the win, JMU receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship which begins on Thursday, Nov. 15.

10' | Sophomore Petur Thorsteinsson found junior Manuel Ferriol inside the box from six yards out and tapped in his sixth goal of the season.
81' | Hofstra's Luke Brown sent a cross to Matthew Vowinkel who scored the equalizer with less than 10 minutes left in the match.

Senior Aaron Ward-Baptiste notched the first penalty kick for JMU while redshirt sophomore TJ Bush made a huge save, blocking Hofstra's first attempt. Sophomore Maarten Nikkessen, graduate student Yannick Franz and Ferriol also placed their PKs in the back of the net. The Pride made two, but Bush ended the shootout as he denied Oscar Ramsay's attempt.

JMU edged Hofstra is shots 13-12, taking three in the final overtime period. The Dukes took seven shots on frame in the match, forcing Alex Ashton to make six saves in goal while Bush tallied two saves to improve his season total to 46.

"I couldn't be happier for our guys today. It wasn't pretty at times, but we found a way to advance. I thought we had a better first half while they played better in the second. Hofstra is just such a tough team to get results against due to the way they defend the ball so I'm glad we could finish off the game in PKs. We will enjoy it for a bit and then get back to work for whoever we play in the tournament. Overall, I'm ecstatic we could cap off a great regular season with winning the championship."

Ferriol was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament while Bush, Franz, and senior Thomas Shores joined him on the CAA All-Tournament team.

JMU will find out its tournament location during the NCAA Selection Show which airs on tomorrow, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.