The American University men's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw against James Madison on Wednesday night in Harrisonburg, Va. After falling behind early, AU senior Nidhal Charfi scored his first-career goal to tie the match in the second half.
James Madison (5-1-1) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the sixth minute. Kieran Rice converted for the Dukes with Paul Wyatt and C.J. Sapong picking up the assists.
American (4-3-1) trailed for the next 60-plus minutes until Charfi connected in the 71st minute from 12 yards out to knot the score at one. On the play, junior Daniel Shannon was credited with his team-leading third assist of the season. Charfi's conversion was the first goal allowed by James Madison since its first game of the season.
With the score tied 1-1 through the 90 minutes of regulation time, the teams battled in 20 minutes of sudden-death overtime, although neither team was able to score a game-winner.
James Madison outshot the Eagles 16-12 in the match, and held a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Sophomore Jack Scott led American with three shots, and senior Colin Zizzi recorded two shots, one of which was on goal.
Sophomore Matt Makowski played all 110 minutes in goal for the Eagles, and recorded three saves.
This is the third consecutive meeting that American and James Madison have battled to a draw. Last season, the two squads also played to a 1-1 tie, while in 2007, the match ended scoreless.
"This was a good result against a quality opponent," said American Head Coach Todd West. "It was a tough match and the field conditions weren't the best but we battled back and earned a tough away result."
The Eagles will pick up Patriot League play this weekend when they host Army on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. The match can be watched live on Eagles Vision TV, which features multiple camera angles, a live scoreboard and analysis from a studio broadcast team and on-field reporters. To sign up for Eagles Vision TV, click here.