WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William & Mary men's soccer team concludes a two-match road swing at James Madison on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
TribeAthletics.com caught up with head coach Chris Norris to discuss the match against Northeastern, the quick turnaround, and the match against James Madison. The video feature is available through the above link or by clicking here.
| Game Day Information - Game 12 - at James Madison
|When||Wednesday, Oct. 14 - 7 p.m.|
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|William & Mary | James Madison | CAA|
Scouting the Tribe
W&M (4-5-2, 1-3-0 CAA) looks to get back in the win column and concludes a two-game road trip at James Madison on Wednesday. The Tribe dropped a 2-1 decision at Northeastern on Saturday night. All three goals in the match were scored in the final five minutes. Freshman Marcel Berry scored the Tribe’s lone goal in the match. Freshman Antonio Bustamante (five goals, one assist) and sophomore William Eskay (four goals, three assists) lead the team with 11 points. Freshman Ryder Bell has scored four times for eight points. Redshirt junior Mac Phillips and redshirt freshman Sam Onyeador have each played in goal this season. Phillips owns a 1.60 goals-against average, recorded 27 saves, and has a shutout. Onyeador, who has started the last two matches, owns a 1.06 goals-against-average and four saves.
Scouting the Dukes
James Madison (2-6-4, 1-1-2 CAA) looks to move its unbeaten streak to five straight matches as they host the Tribe on Wednesday night. The Dukes have tied three matches in a row, including a scoreless draw with Charleston on Saturday night on the road. Billy Metzler leads the attack with seven points on two goals and three assists. Thomas Shores is second on the squad with two goals, one assist, and five points. Eric Schmidt and Connor Coward have also netted a pair of goals. Andres Neira and Kyle Morton have each played in goal this season for the Dukes. Morton has started 11 matches with a 0.91 goals-against- average, 26 saves, and three shutouts. Neira has played in two contests, with a start, a 4.02 goals-against-average, and six saves.
William & Mary will meet James Madison for the 51st time in series history on Wednesday night. The series is second most played in W&M history. The Dukes lead the all-timer series 23-19-8, including a 2-1 win in Harrisonburg last year. Chris Albiston scored the lone goal for the Tribe in last season’s match.
Beating Ranked Opponents
The Tribe knocked off No. 10 Elon on Sept. 30, which was the first time since the Tribe had knocked off a ranked opponent since the Sept. 24, 2013. That night, the Tribe topped No. 1 North Carolina 1-0 in Chapel Hill. The Tribe has played five matches against ranked opponents this season and owns a 1-3-1 record against ranked opponents.
Freshman Antonio Bustamante scored his first career golden goal in the 103rd minute against Navy on Tuesday night. He sent home a feed from William and Jackson Eskay to send the Tribe home a winner. Sophomore William Eskay sent the Tribe home with a victory at Longwood Sept. 19 night with his goal in the 104th minute on Tuesday night. It was the second time William Eskay scored a golden goal. Last year he scored in the 100th minute, as the Tribe topped College of Charleston on Oct. 15.
The Tribe has seen five of its 11 matches this season go to overtime. The Tribe has posted a 2-1-2 record in overtime matches this season with a wins over Longwood and Navy and ties against No. 4 North Carolina and Charlotte. Earlier this year, the Tribe won back-to-back double overtime games for the second time in school history. The first time came in 2013 when the Tribe knocked off No. 1 Creighton and No. 24 Elon in consecutive games.
To start the year, W&M played six of its first eight matches on the road. The Green and Gold will play a total of 10 of its 17 matches away from Williamsburg. So far the College owns a 2-4-1 record on the road.
Senior Jackson Eskay was named CAA Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 5 following a two-goal performance against No. 10 Elon. The senior scored the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute, before scoring in the 80th minute. In the second game of the week, he fired two shots with one on goal. Sophomore William Eskay and freshman Ryder Bell were honored as the CAA Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept 7. William Eskay scored three goals and added an assist for the Tribe over the 1-0-1 week, while Bell scored a pair of goals, including the Tribe’s lone goal at No. 4 North Carolina.
Stud of the Week
Freshman Marcel Berry had three assists in the Tribe’s victory over No. 10 Elon. The three points were the first of his collegiate career. For his effort he was named a Hero Sports Stud of the Week.
Tip of the Cap
Sophomore William Eskay netted his first career hat trick in the Tribe’s 4-2 victory over Liberty on Sept. 1 It was the first time since the 2010 season that a W&M player recorded a hat trick. On Nov. 14, 2010 Nicholas Arbigo scored three times in the CAA Championship match against Hofstra.
First Career Marker
Freshman Ryder Bell recorded his first career goal in the match against Liberty, which proved to be the game-winner. The freshman added his second goal against No. 4 North Carolina, and is second on the team with four points.
Freshman Marcel Berry recorded three assists in the match on Wednesday night against Elon. It was the second time this season a Tribe player recorded three assists in a match. Berry’s first assist on Jackson Eskay’s first half goal was his first collegiate point. Earlier in the year, junior Reilly Maw recorded three assists in the match against Liberty. All three of his assists came on the goals scored by William Eskay. He leads the team with three assist this season.
Senior Jackson Eskay and younger brother sophomore William Eskay were named to the CAA Preseason Honorable Mention team. William Eskay is the Tribe’s returning leading scorer from last year, while Jackson Eskay led the team in scoring in 2013.
Strength of Schedule
Once again, W&M has a loaded schedule. The Tribe plays six teams that qualified for the NCAA College Cup last season, and six teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll.
W&M’s attack features brothers senior Jackson Eskay and sophomore William Eskay. However, the Tribe family tradition doesn’t stop there, as their parents and grandfather were all W&M student-athletes. (Dad, Bo, played soccer, mom, Jackie, track & field, and grandfather, Bob, basketball.)
Celebrating 50 Years
This season is the 50th anniversary of the Tribe men’s soccer program. During that time the Tribe has appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments and seven CAA Championships. W&M’s first varsity season was in 1966. The first three video features are available here.
The Tribe returns to Williamsburg and opens a two-match home stand when they host UNCW on Saturday, Oct. 17. W&M will also