JMU roundup: JMU rolls past Appalachian State in field hockey

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BOONE, N.C. — The 20th-ranked James Madison field hockey team opened on a 6-0 run against Appalachian State and rolled to a 7-1 victory on Friday afternoon at Adcock Field.

No. 20 JMU improved to 4-0 on the season while Appalachian State fell to 1-4 overall. This is the first time the Dukes have opened a season with four straight wins since 2002.

Three Dukes scored two goals each and three tallied assists on the day. They outshot the Mountaineers 21-6 overall, including a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal. They also dominated in corners opportunities, 9-1, during the game.

Redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor West led JMU with six points against App State, scoring one goal in each half and assisting on both of freshman forward Katie Winesett’s tallies in the first half. Winesett’s two goals on Friday, scored over just five minutes of play, were the first two of her collegiate career.

Junior back Loes Stijntjes also posted two goals on the day, both off corners from junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte and senior back Dana Allaband. Senior forward Bethany Ashworth completed the team’s scoring output with a fast break tally with under eight minutes to play.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah George earned the win after allowing no goals over the first 35 minutes of play. Freshman goalkeeper Sara Kraeutler guarded the cage during the second half, saving two shots and allowing one goal over her 35 minutes of play. Cristina Ceppi took the loss after allowing seven goals over a full 70 minutes, making six saves.

Stijntjes posted the first score of the day for JMU, working with le Vatte and Allaband off a corner to fire in a shot during the 20th minute of play. The tally sparked a six-goal run by JMU that spanned 28 minutes and 46 seconds and bridged the halves. Her second goal of the day, the third for JMU, came off a similar play with le Vatte and Allaband.

West scored her first goal in the 28th minute of action as she dribbled to the left side and slapped a shot past Ceppi. With just less than 22 minutes left in the second half, she scored again when she was able to flick the ball over the goalie.

In the closing minutes before halftime, Winesett posted the first two tallies of her career, both off passes from West. Her first goal was scored in the 33rd minute by getting the ball into the lower corner while her second goal, scored with a minute remaining in the first half, came by deflecting West’s pass into the goal.

The Mountaineers’ lone goal came at the 51:47 mark after Jordyn Warren was able to win the ball off a scramble in front of the JMU cage.

No. 20 JMU returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 14 as the Dukes take on No. 13 Northwestern in a neutral-site match in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Women’s soccer
PHILADELPHIA – The James Madison women’s soccer team dropped its second match of the season Friday night, falling 3-0 at the Higgins Soccer Complex on the road against Villanova.

The Dukes and Wildcats battled through a scoreless first half, but three goals in 27 minutes in the second half was enough to put the Dukes away.

In the 53rd minute, Caitlin Forte scored her first goal of the season to put Villanova (2-3-1) on top. Forte took a ball from Amanda Vocelka in the box and put her shot past redshirt junior goalkeeper Ellen Forrest on the left side of net from six yards out.

Thirteen minutes later, the Wildcats doubled their lead on Victoria Gersh’s second goal of the season. The senior midfielder put a penalty kick past Forrest after the Dukes had been called for a foul in the box.

Reanna Marino added the third and final goal for Villanova in the 80th minute on a long pass from Forte.

The loss marks the first time the Dukes have lost to Villanova in program history. JMU owned a series advantage of 7-0-1 prior to Friday’s contest.

The Dukes (4-2) outshot Villanova 19-15 in the contest, but only three of the Dukes’ shots were on goal while the Wildcats put seven shots on target.

JMU had a quality chance just before Villanova scored the first goal of the contest when freshman forward Caroline Fitzgerald took a shot that was blocked. The rebound bounced out to sophomore forward Ashley Herndon, but her shot was saved by Villanova goalkeeper Emma Meyer.

Forrest made five saves in the contest, including stopping a one-on-one breakaway change against Vocelka. Redshirt senior Kate Courter came on to finish out the last 8:34 of the game between the pipes.

Herndon took a team-high four shots, but only one was on target. Sophomore midfielder Allie Bunner, redshirt senior forward Sam Lofton and junior forward Rachel Ivey each had three shots in the contest.

The Dukes stay in Philadelphia for the remainder of the weekend and take on La Salle Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. before returning home to University Park on Friday, Sept. 19, for a 5 p.m. match against Appalachian State.

Men’s tennis
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The James Madison men’s tennis team opened its 2014 fall tournament campaign on Friday with the first day of the East Carolina Fall Shootout in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Dukes earned three wins during the course of singles play. Freshman Stephen Goldman won the first singles match of his collegiate career, battling for a 7-6(4) victory in set one of his match against UNCG’s James Flynn before earning a 6-4 win in set two to secure the victory.

Sophomore Brett Moorhead blanked Richmond’s Alex Hahn in straight sets (6-0, 6-0). Sophomore Sebastian Salinas rounded out the singles victories for JMU with a two-set win (6-1, 7-5) over UNCG’s Nazhone Wilkins.

In doubles action, sophomore Alex Berdnikoff and junior Maxi Branth fought for an 8-4 victory over James Flynn and James Gray (UNCG) to close out the day.

Berdnikoff dropped a close singles match against Stithi Kyriakides (Richmond) earlier in the day. He fell behind after a 6-3 loss in set one before dropping a tough 7-6(3) decision in set two. Branth fell to Caleb Troy (Richmond) 6-3, 6-2 in singles play.

Freshman Tim Portnov competed in his first collegiate matches on Friday. He fell 6-0, 6-0 to Coastal Carolina’s Hunter Whalen in singles play and teamed up with Moorhead in an 8-4 setback to Coastal Carolina’s Kaue Periera and Renan Samed in doubles play.

JMU continues play at the ECU Fall Shootout on Saturday, Sept. 13. Singles action gets underway at 8:30 a.m. at the ECU Tennis Facility (weather permitting).

Women’s soccer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior forward Josh Grant tallied his seventh career game-winning goal Friday night as the James Madison men’s soccer team topped Belmont 2-1 in the Belmont Invitational at Rose Park.

Grant scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 24th minute after a good string of passes in the middle of the field culminated with the senior putting away a pass from junior midfielder Eric Schmidt in the box. The goal is Grant’s first of the season and 14th of his JMU career.

JMU (2-2-1) got on the board early in the fifth minute by virtue of an own goal. The Dukes played a cross into the box and disaster struck for the Bruins when Cody Carpenter’s clear attempt went the wrong direction and bounced past goalkeeper Grayson Rector, who had all of his momentum moving in the wrong direction to do anything about the mishap.

Belmont (0-5) did get one goal back late in the contest to break the shutout. Adriano Balani got the Bruins on the board in the 85th minute after Belmont had been knocking on the JMU door for the better part of 10 minutes. Balani’s goal marked the last quality chance Belmont would get, though, as the JMU defense stood tall the rest of the way to preserve the victory.

The Dukes are now 2-0 all-time against Belmont. Last season at home, JMU shut out the Bruins 2-0 in the first meeting between the two programs.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Morton made four saves in the game, including two crucial saves that kept the Bruins off the scoreboard at various points in the game. In the 36th minute, Rashad Hyacenth was looking to cross a ball through the middle of the box, but the ball was deflected by a JMU defender and glanced towards goal. Morton’s quick reaction had him change direction just in time to make a one-handed save with the ball on the goal line to keep the Bruins off the board.

Morton was again called on in the second half with the Bruins pushing for their first goal. In the 66thminute, Morton made a spectacular save on a header attempt off a free kick that seemed ticketed for goal.

Though coming away with the 2-1 victory, JMU only took four shots in the game with just one coming in the second half while Belmont got 10 shots away. Of their four shots, only one was off target while half of Belmont’s shot missed the mark. Despite the lopsided shot totals, JMU was able to win seven corner kicks in the match, including five in the second half, to Belmont’s one.

The Dukes continue their two-game roadtrip Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14, with a match against Lipscomb in the second leg of the Belmont Invitational. First kick is set for 1 p.m.