UNCW Rallies But Falls In OT To JMU, 4-3
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
HARRISONBURG, Virginia - Dale Robins-Bailey knocked home the game-winning goal in the 95th minute to upend UNCW, 4-3, as James Madison advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Seahawks see their season end with a 7-11-1 record while the third-seeded Dukes improved to 9-6-2 and will play Northeastern on Nov. 9. JMU edged UNCW earlier this season, 2-1, in double overtime at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The game-winning goal was set up by a Seahawk foul midway through the overtime period. The free kick looked like it was sailing over the end line, but Adam Bastidas was able to keep the ball in play and sent a short cross into the penalty area for Robins-Bailey.
The overtime strike was needed after JMU wasted a 3-1 advantage after sophomore David Sizemore scored twice in the second half for UNCW. His first goal came in the 57th minute and was assisted by Colin Bonner, but he drew the Seahawks even, 3-all, in the 87th off a feed by sophomore Jamie Dell.
UNCW freshman striker Colin Bonner netted his sixth goal of the season as the Seahawks opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Fellow rookie Nathaniel Goodwin set up the play with a cross from the right side where Bonner used his 6-foot-4 frame to head home the opening goal.
After that quick goal, the Dukes pressured the Seahawks and Paul Wyatt knotted the game with his eighth goal of the season, coming in the 23rd minute. Wyatt, the Dukes' leading scorer, was on the finishing end of a feed from Tom Whitebread.
Josh Grant's seventh goal of the season put the Dukes in front, 2-1, in the 32nd minute.
Wyatt would strike again in the 50th minute for a 3-1 JMU lead. Jamal Umar was credited with an assist on the play.
UNCW freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams made a season-high 11 saves while facing 30 Duke shots on the night.
The Seahawks tied a program-record with three goals, matching their output in a 1999 play-in 3-2 win over George Mason. Sizemore also matched Russell Bienias' record of two goals in a 2-0 win over VCU in 2005.
Wyatt finished the night with five points after adding an assist on Grant's goal.