Howard Takes Down James Madison in OT; Picks Up First Win of the Season
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Emile Innocent scored the game winning goal in overtime as Howard came from behind to defeat perennial powerhouse James Madison, 3-2 in a men's soccer decision at Greene Stadium.
The victory gives the Bison its first win of the season and improves them to 1-3-3. The loss puts JMU at 1-4-3.
Innocent scored the game winner at 97:31 on an assist from sophomore Lamar Hyde. Hyde was instrumental in the Howard comeback and scored the two other goals for the Bison in the second period to pull HU within striking distance of the Dukes, who took a 2-0 lead early in the game.
"Lamar and Victor (Thomas) were big contributors tonight," said Howard Head Coach Joseph Okoh. "Lamar showed that he has the strength to get us out of tough situations and Victor made a couple of key saves for us tonight that kept us in the game."
Hyde scored HU's first goal at 71:09 on an assist from Joel Senior. The second goal came just over a minute later on a penalty kick at 72:16 and tied the score at 2-2.
James Madison got on the board early and scored its first goal six minutes into the contest when Stefan Durr fired one down the left side past Howard GK Victor Thomas. Kyle Morsink gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead after putting one in the net at 27:23.
Thomas picked up three saves in the victory.
"I was very pleased with our output tonight," said Okoh. "All you can do as a coach is put your players in a position to win and hope they pull it out. I think we did an excellent job and finally figured out what it takes to win."
Howard returns to action on Sunday with a non-conference matchup at home against Columbia Union at 7:30pm.