James Madison defeats Wake Forest
Dukes remain unbeaten at home, advance to third round
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- No. 24 James Madison scored two first-half goals to beat Wake Forest 2-0 on Sunday in NCAA second-round action at the JMU Soccer Complex.
The Dukes (13-4-2), the No. 14 seed, advance to the round of 16 against No. 3 Connecticut, which beat Monmouth 2-1 in an earlier second-round game Sunday. The next round of games is scheduled for Nov. 27.
Unseeded Wake Forest finished the season with an 8-8-5 record.
JMU remained unbeaten at home, raising its home record to 10-0-1.
The Dukes scored early and added a second goal in the 32nd minute.
JMU's first score came at the 13:16 mark on the Dukes' second shot of the game. Junior Christian McLaughlin slotted a pass from just outside the box to senior Patrick Innes on the right side. Innes sent a pass into the box where redshirt senior Jimmy Simpson got a foot on the ball, directing it toward the net. Simpson's shot deflected off a Wake Forest defender and into the goal.
Simpson and McLaughlin teamed up for the Dukes' second score. Simpson got the ball off a Wake defender and dribbled into the right side of the box, drawing Wake junior goalkeeper Michael Lisch. He then slipped a pass across to an on-rushing McLaughlin, who sent an eight-yard shot into the goal.
JMU held a 15-9 advantage on shots, and redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson made three saves to get his ninth shutout of the season. Lisch finished with one save.