JMU roundup: Lofton’s late goal lifts Dukes to win

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HARRISONBURG — The James Madison University women’s soccer team defeated Appalachian State on a goal by redshirt-senior defender Sam Lofton in the 90th minute, lifting the Dukes to a 2-1 victory Friday night at University Park.

Lofton’s goal came off a free kick just outside the penalty area with 36 seconds left in the game. Sophomore forward Ashley Herndon tapped the free kick to the left and Lofton fired her shot on a rope past ASU goalkeeper Megan Robertson in the left side of goal. The tally is Lofton’s second goal of the season Herndon tallied two assists on the night, giving her a team-high five assists in 2014.

All of the scoring in the game came in the last 10 minutes. JMU (5-3) broke the scoreless tie in the 81st minute when Sydney Braun-McLeod scored her team-high third goal of the season on a cross from freshman forward Caroline Fitzgerald. Braun-McLeod received the ball on the left post and tapped her shot back to the right for the goal.

Appalachian State (3-5) evened the game just 45 seconds later in the 82nd minute on a goal from Kebrina Keys off a corner kick as the ball trickled in past redshirt-senior goalkeeper Kate Courter). Courter took over at halftime for redshirt-junior goalkeeper Ellen Forrest.

The Dukes outshot ASU 21-7 in the match, putting 11 shots on target to Appalachian State’s one. JMU outshot the Mountaineers 10-0 in the first half.

Right out of the break, Braun-McLeod nearly gave the Dukes a 1-0 advantage when she dribbled through a defender and took a quality shot that tracked just wide to the right.

Just minutes before Braun-McLeod put the Dukes on the board, redshirt-freshman midfielder Allison Bortell put a dangerous header right out in front of goal off a free kick and sophomore midfielder Allie Bunner took a shot from point-blank, but the play was ruled offsides.

Men’s soccer

HARRISONBURG — After conceding two goals in the first half, the James Madison men’s soccer team could not dig out of the hole and fell 2-1 to Robert Morris on Friday night at University Park. The loss snaps a four-match unbeaten streak for the Dukes.

Robert Morris (3-2-1) jumped on the Dukes early with a goal in the 23rd minute by Carl Reid. The senior midfielder put home his first goal of the season on a rebound attempt after redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Morton made an initial save on a shot from Bruce Cullen.

The Colonials doubled their lead in the 39th minute on a goal from Neco Brett. The Kingston, Jamaica, product tallied his sixth goal of the season after receiving a long pass from Matt Fonagy and beating a JMU defender one-on-one. His shot beat Morton inside the right post.

JMU (3-3-1) came out of halftime with a lot of energy and cut the Robert Morris lead in half just 38 seconds into the frame on a goal from redshirt-freshman defender Toby Appleton. After the Dukes pushed the ball into the RMU penalty area, Appleton collected the loose ball and put his shot past Robert Morris goalkeeper Brenden Alfery for his first collegiate goal.

Throughout the second half with JMU fighting to tie the game, both teams had numerous chances to score. With 19 minutes remaining, Brett came knocking on the door again for the Colonials, but his header attempt from point-blank hit the crossbar and stayed out. Nine minutes later, Madison freshman forward Joe Vyner received a cross in the middle of the penalty area. The tall forward jumped and put his head on the ball, but his attempt sailed just over the crossbar to keep the score at 2-1.

After getting outshot 7-5 in the first half, the Dukes finished with a 17-11 shot advantage while putting six shots on goal compared to RMU’s four.

Women’s field hockey

HARRISONBURG — Redshirt junior midfielder Taylor West scored a match-best two goals, including a golden goal late in the first overtime period to lift the 20th-ranked James Madison field hockey team to a 4-3 triumph against Missouri State Friday night at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.

The Dukes improved to 5-1 on the season while the Bears dropped to 2-5 overall in the second of three matches during their Virginia road trip.

With the match all tied up at 3-3, West brought the ball into the attacking zone on the right side and fired a shot past Megan Drew on the far side of the cage for the game winner with only 47.7 seconds remaining in the first overtime.

But first, the Dukes had to open the extra stanza a player down for a span of 7:24 after an eight-minute yellow card was served to JMU in the final minute of regulation. Just over four minutes into OT, a penalty stroke was given to MSU’s Leah Reitmayer but her attempt was pushed aside by JMU rookie goalkeeper Sara Kraeutler to keep the match alive.

Once back to an even 7-on-7, Madison would fire five shots (four on goal), with the fifth being the West winner. It would not allow Missouri State to take another shot the rest of the night.

In addition to West’s pair of tallies, junior midfielder Saskia Chelmowski scored once while adding one assist and junior forward Kristen Reitano netted the other JMU goal.

Between the pipes, Kraeutler earned her first collegiate victory (1-0) after coming in at the half and making three saves on five shots faced in 49:12. Taking the loss for MSU was Drew, who tallied 11 saves on 15 shots on goal, which included five stops in OT.

The Bears had a pair of goals by Charlie Redhead and another by Andrea Soler Codina in the defeat. The Dukes outshot the Bears 20-7 in the match and had a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners.

In what would be a tale of two halves, Madison surged out to an early 3-0 advantage just more than 22 minutes into first half.

West opened the scoring at the 10:27 mark after she scored off a pass from Chelmowski on a corner opportunity. Nearly 11 minutes later at 21:24, senior forward Bethany Ashworth found an open Reitano out in front for a wide-open shot into the cage, making it 2-0 in favor of JMU.

The Dukes kept applying pressure and 58 seconds later, Chelmowski increased the lead to 3-0 with a goal off a broken play in the attacking zone. The Bears got on the board at the 34:05 mark when Redhead rushed into the zone on the left side, beating the JMU goalie nearside to make 3-1 at the break.

Just past five minutes into the second half, MSU trimmed its deficit to one at 3-2 when Soler Codina fired a shot high past Kraeutler. Late into regulation, Redhead tied the match at 3-3 when she attempted to get the ball in front and it ricocheted off the goalie and into the cage.

Women’s tennis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The James Madison women’s tennis team went undefeated in singles (6-6) and won four of six doubles matches on day one of the Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational, hosted by Navy at the Brigade Sports Complex, to open the 2014-15 season.

In Flight ‘A’ singles, both senior Taylor Pinchoff and sophomore Alex Huie opened with wins in their round-of-16 matches and advanced to the quarterfinal round. Pinchoff defeated Navy’s Katie Porter 6-3, 6-1 and Huie took down Fairleigh Dickinson’s Giselle Castany 6-2, 7-5.

Pinchoff and Huie teamed up in Flight ‘A’ doubles, receiving a bye through the round-of-16 and advancing to the quarterfinal round. The 2014 All-CAA First Team tandem dropped Navy’s Sam Droop and Noelle Kaufmann 8-2 and advanced to the semifinals.

Freshman Kimberly Herrock earned her first collegiate singles victory on Friday afternoon, earning a two-set win (6-3, 7-6(2)) over Lehigh’s Abby Farrell in the Flight ‘B’ singles round-of-16 . She advances to the Flight ‘B’ quarterfinals alongside sophomore Emily Bradshaw, who had a bye for the round-of-16.

Bradshaw teamed up with freshman Dylan Owens in Flight ‘B’ doubles and won both matches of the day. In the round-of-16, the duo dropped St. Bonaventure’s Francesca Chin and Mariam Skhirtladze 8-3. In the quarterfinals, they battled for an 8-7 (9) victory over Navy’s Mikaela Carlson and Summer Ralston, saving two match points to advance to the Flight ‘B’ doubles semifinals.

Owens received a bye in the Flight ‘D’ singles round and advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals. In the same flight, senior Sarah Khan fought for a three-set victory over Loyola’s Nicole Eberle. Khan won set one 6-3 before Eberle rallied for a 7-5 win in set two to tie the match at 1-all. Khan earned a trip to the Flight ‘D’ singles quarterfinals with an 11-9 win in set three to take the match.

Junior Cara Wirth won her Flight ‘C’ singles round-of-16 match in two sets (6-2, 6-3) over Ania Krawiec (Loyola). Sophomore Rachel Nelson also won in two sets (6-4, 6-2) over Jamie Campisi (Lehigh) to advance to the Flight ‘C’ singles quarterfinals with Wirth.

Khan went 1-1 with Nelson in Flight ‘B’ doubles action. The pair blanked Julie Clark and Krawiec (Loyola) 8-0 in the round-of-16 before falling 8-5 to Farrell and Cassidy Cruz (Lehigh) in the quarterfinals.

In Flight ‘A’ doubles, Herrock and Wirth fell in a tiebreaker (8-7(5)) to Navy’s Claudia Mackenzie and Porter.