JMU men's soccer defeats High Point in NCAA Tournament opener

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – James Madison blanked High Point, 3-0, in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Championships on a cold Thursday night at Vert Stadium. With the win, the Dukes improve to 13-4-3 and will make an appearance in the Second Round for the first time since 2011.

Senior Aaron Ward-Baptiste notched the game-winning goal in the 19th minute while junior Manuel Ferriol tacked on goals in both halves for the Dukes.

19’ | Ward-Baptiste scored from six yards out on a cross from graduate student Yannick Franz. With the goal, Ward-Baptiste improves to six goals on the season while Franz earns his third assist.
31’ | After Ward-Baptiste tapped the indirect free kick, Ferriol struck the ball into the left corner to put the Dukes up 2-0.
70’ | With an assist from junior Niclas Mohr, Ferriol sent the keeper soaring as he booted the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the match.

JMU took 10 shots on the night with seven on frame. Although High Point edged JMU in shots with 13, the Dukes’ defense didn’t allow a single shot on goal.

-TJ Bush broke the single-season shutout record, as the Dukes tallied their 12th of the season.
-With the 13th win of the season, Paul Zazenski has the most wins for a first-year head coach in program history.
-Ferriol notched the first multi-goal game his career, scoring two in the match.
-The last time the Dukes appeared in the Second Round was 2011 when they defeated Wake Forest 2-0.

“I felt that our team was going to be up for the game. Sometimes as a coach you can feel it in the pregame team meetings and I knew they were locked in. I thought we played a very strong first half of soccer. Any time you can go up two goals at half time that’s a sign of a good half, but we knew it was going to be a battle. We were fortunate to be good once again defensively and keep a zero. We’re happy with the win, but now it’s time to prepare for UNC on Sunday.”

The Dukes will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the five-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday, Nov. 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start and will be available to watch on ESPN3.