UVM men’s soccer team defeats JMU 2-0, CVU grad Shane Haley scores first career goal

Photo credit: Brian Jenkins
Shane Haley takes the ball.  Photo credit: Brian Jenkins

The University of Vermont’s Brian Wright scored once and added an assist to lead the Catamounts to a 2-0 shutout at James Madison University (JMU) in the 2014 men’s soccer season opener.
“This was a good result in a tough place to play and come away from with a win. I thought we were very effective. We adapted to what they were trying to do and found ways to put together a good opening day under difficult circumstances,” said Vermont head coach Jesse Cormier. “Our front two were very good on the counter and I also compliment Conor (Leland) who was able get a clean sheet and manage everything they threw at us.”
Wright scored his first goal of the season in the fourth minute to put UVM up 1-0. He trapped a long service from teammate Brad Cole with his chest, brought the ball down to his right foot and one-timed the ball past JMU goalkeeper Kyle Morton.
Despite owning a 17-11 edge in shots and an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks, the Dukes could not get one past Leland, who earned his 14th career shutout to move into sixth among the all-time goalkeeping leaders at Vermont.
Vermont added an insurance goal in the final five minutes of the match. Wright slipped a through pass between JMU defenders to find freshman teammate Shane Haley. Haley, who graduated from CVU in the spring, collected the pass in stride and was able to beat Morton in a one-on-one challenge for his first goal of the year.