JMU roundup: Dukes shut out in women’s soccer

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The James Madison University women’s soccer team dropped a hard-fought 1-0 match Sunday afternoon on the road against North Carolina-Greensboro at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

With the match scoreless and approaching the final minutes of regulation, UNCG junior forward Chesney White broke through with her seventh goal of the season to put the Spartans up 1-0 in the 80th minute. Rebecca Burrows played a ball to White off a counter and White beat redshirt-senior goalkeeper Kate Courter to the right side of the net. Courter came on to replace redshirt-junior goalkeeper Ellen Forrest at halftime between the pipes for the second game in a row.

The shot from White was the only shot on target for the Spartans all afternoon, but it proved to be enough to come away with the victory. The Dukes took 10 shots in the game to UNCG’s four. Four of JMU’s 10 shots were on target.

The Dukes (5-4) had multiple quality chances to break the scoreless draw in the second half. Sophomore defender Jennie Sroba had a chance in the penalty area in the 58th minute, but UNCG goalkeeper Chloe Buehler made the save. In the 77th minute just before UNCG (4-4-2) broke through, senior forward Katie Hyland had a good chance at goal looking for her third score of the season, but Buehler again made the save to keep the Dukes off the scoreboard.

Overall, Hyland took a team-high five shots on goal in 46 minutes of action. No other player took more than one shot in the contest.

Madison’s 10 shots is the smallest total since the Dukes were held to six shots in a 2-1 victory on Aug. 29 in Winston-Salem, N.C. against then-No. 24 Wake Forest, a 2-1 victory.

With the loss, the Dukes fell to 6-8-2 all-time against UNCG.

JMU opens Colonial Athletic Association play next time out, Sept. 26 on the road against Towson in Towson, Md. Kick between the Dukes and Tigers is set for 3 p.m.

Women’s tennis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The James Madison women’s team wrapped up its first weekend of action by winning four flight championships on Sunday at the Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational, held at the Brigade Sports Complex.

The Dukes won two singles titles while also taking a pair of doubles crowns.

Freshman Dylan Owens led the squad by taking flight titles in both singles and doubles.

She defeated senior teammate Sarah Khan in the championship match of “Flight D” in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She also teamed up with sophomore Emily Bradshaw to win the “Flight B” doubles title, as the duo took down Navy’s Amanda Keller and Allie Pavlansky by the score of 8-2.

Also claiming a singles title Sunday was sophomore Rachel Nelson. Nelson secured the “Flight C” crown by defeating George Mason’s Marjike Boers in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

The tandem of sophomore Alex Huie and senior Taylor Pinchoff took home the “Flight A” doubles championship after cruising to an 8-1 triumph over Navy’s Claudia Mackenzie and Katie Porter. Huie also took on Ksenija Tihomirova of Fairleigh Dickinson in the title match of “Flight A” but she came up short, falling by the count of 6-3, 7-6(3).

JMU returns to the court in a couple weeks when it travels down to Blacksburg to compete at the Hokie Fall Invite, Oct. 3-5.