Dukes Rally Back To Defeat William and Mary, 3-1

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HARRISONBURG, VA. (Press Release) -- After being behind early, the James Madison men's soccer team scored three unanswered goals to secure a 3-1 win over William and Mary at University Park on Wednesday night.

The Dukes (3-6-4, 2-1-2 CAA) controlled the tempo of the game, leading the Tribe (4-6-2, 1-4 CAA) 16-11 in shots and 5-4 in corner kick opportunities. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Morton also controlled the box, tallying five saves compared to William and Mary's two.

Trailing by one after a Tribe score at the 9:57 mark, the Dukes became more aggressive on offense as they looked for an equalizing goal, which they found in the 26th minute. Redshirt freshman defender Toby Appleton advanced forward to aid the attack, stripped a William and Mary defender of the ball and found enough space to fire a shot from 20 yards out that sailed over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper for his second score of the season.

The game remained tied at halftime and beyond, but the equalizing goal gave the Dukes confidence to continue their attack. The go-ahead goal finally came in the 60th minute when JMU earned a corner kick. Freshman midfielder Thomas Shores stepped up and sent a right-footed cross into the box where he connected with senior defender Bjarki A├░alsteinsson for the header goal.

Redshirt Junior Connor Coward gave the Dukes an insurance goal in the 68th minute when senior forward Eric Schmidt played him into the box for a tight-angled shot past the leaping goalkeeper.

The Dukes return to action on Saturday, Oct. 17, when they travel south to take on Colonial Athletic Association foe Elon at 7 p.m.