WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Senior Roshan Patel sent home a free kick from just outside of the goal box in the 54th minute, lifting the William and Mary men’s soccer team to a, 1-0, victory against James Madison.
William and Mary improved to 9-4-2, 4-2-1 in CAA play, while James Madison falls to 6-10-0, 1-6-0. The match was played in front of a season-high 831 fans, which is highest attendance since the Tribe’s NCAA Tournament match in 2010.
The Tribe had the match’s first chance in just the fifth minute. Redshirt senior Chris Perez put a shot on target, but James Madison goalkeeper Colin Newcity was there for the stop. William and Mary had another chance in the 38th minute when junior Chris Albiston put a shot on frame, but again Newcity was there for the stop.
James Madison’s first chance came in the 22nd minute, when Daniel Simpson fired a shot on goal. However, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips was there for the stop.
At the break, the match remained scoreless. However, the College held a 9-6 advantage in shots, including a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal.
William and Mary was the first to get on the scoreboard in the 54th minute of the match. After a James Madison foul, the Tribe received a free kick from about 20 yards away from the goal. Patel uncorked a shot that deflected off a body and into the right corner of the goal. The tally was the second of the season for Patel and gave W&M a 1-0 lead.
James Madison didn’t go away and had chances for the equalizer all the way up until the final whistle. In the 59th minute, Josh Grant put a header on frame, but Phillips was there for the stop. In the 66th minute, the Dukes had two solid looks. The first came on a shot from Eric Schmidt that was blocked, but the ball ended up on the foot of Jonathan Barden. Barden uncorked a shot that was saved off of the goal line by senior Will Smith, earning a team save.
The Tribe had a great look in the 82nd minute. Off of a nice feed from junior Josh West, Perez was able to put a shot on target, but Newcity recovered and made the diving save.
The Dukes had two final chances in the closing minutes. In the 89th minute, Tom Fouhy had a shot hit off of the post. Then with just 10 seconds left, Grant had a header stopped by Phillips.
For the evening, Phillips finished with four saves for the Tribe, earning his CAA-leading eighth shutout of the season. William and Mary outshot the Dukes, 20-14, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal.
With the win William and Mary earned a tie for second in the CAA regular season, but due to tiebreakers earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming event.
The Tribe will host a CAA Quarterfinal match on Saturday, Nov. 9 against the No. 6 seeded Hofstra Pride. Kickoff from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field will be at 7 p.m.