JMU roundup: Dukes earn key women’s soccer win

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HARRISONBURG — The James Madison University women’s soccer team earned a key 1-0 victory over William & Mary Friday night at University Park to move into second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with one game to play.

The only goal of the match was scored in the 68th minute when William & Mary put in an own goal to break the scoreless tie. After redshirt-sophomore defender Jennie Sroba drew a foul in the left corner to give JMU the equivalent of a corner kick, sophomore forward Ashley Herndon sent the free kick into the box and it bounced off a Tribe defender’s leg, off her shoulder and over the hands of goalkeeper Caroline Casey for the goal.

With the win, the Dukes stay alive in the chase for the CAA regular-season title thanks to Delaware battling Northeastern to a 2-2 draw. With one game left on the schedule for each team, JMU sits one point behind the Huskies for first place. The Dukes battle Elon on Sunday afternoon while Northeastern takes on Drexel. Both matches are set for 1 p.m.

Entering play Sunday afternoon, the Dukes cannot drop lower than third in the conference rankings. Northeastern leads the league with 19 points while JMU has 18. With a win or draw against Elon, JMU will earn at least a bye to the semifinals of the CAA Tournament. A win for the Dukes and either a tie or loss for Northeastern would make JMU the regular-season champion for the second-straight season.

JMU outshot William & Mary 11-8 in the match, but the Dukes only put two shots on goal while the Tribe fired four on net. JMU finished with a convincing advantage in corner kicks, taking eight to the Tribe’s three.

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Ellen Forrest recorded her third complete-game shutout of the season and fourth overall while making four saves in the game.

Women’s field hockey

PHILADELPHIA — A pair of second-half goals by the James Madison field hockey team lifted the Dukes over Drexel on Friday night.

JMU improved to 10-5 overall and 2-2 against CAA foes while Drexel fell to 8-7 overall and 0-3 against league opponents.

Senior back Dana Allaband tied the game at 1-1 at the 37:57 mark of play with a successful penalty stroke goal. It marked her second tally of the season and the first score off a penalty stroke for the Dukes in 2014.

With four minutes left in regulation, senior forward Bethany Ashworth deflected the game-winning goal into the cage following a corner play. Junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte tallied an assist on the goal.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah George and the JMU defense held the Dragons scoreless over the final 51:20 of play. George earned the win for JMU with three saves and one goal allowed while Jantien Gunter was tabbed with the loss for the Dragons after allowing two goals and committing three saves.

Drexel got on the board first off a penalty corner thanks to a high-lifted shot by Jessica McCarthy in the 19th minute.

JMU outshot Drexel 8-5 overall, including a 4-1 advantage in the second stanza. The Dukes also edged the Dragons 7-3 in penalty corners.

Sunday marks the Dukes’ final non-conference game of the 2014 regular season. They travel to Rutgers for a 2 p.m. game at the Bauer Track and Field Complex in Piscataway, New Jersey.