JMU roundup: Dukes top Hofstra in women’s soccer

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The James Madison women’s soccer team scored three unanswered goals to top Hofstra 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action Friday night at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

The Dukes conceded an early goal in the sixth minute when Jeannine Molleda scored her first of the season, but JMU responded in the 30th minute when senior defender Kelly Abt tallied her first career goal. Abt’s goal came on a rocket from the top of the box that glanced off the bottom of the crossbar and in.

Sophomore forward Ashley Herndon put JMU ahead for good in the 51st minute with her third goal of the season. Herndon received a cross from senior forward Katie Hyland right in front of goal and put her shot past Hofstra goalkeeper Friederike Mehring. Herndon tallied three points on the night after assisting on Abt’s goal earlier in the game to raise her team-high total to 13 in 2014.

JMU got an insurance goal in the 69th minute when junior midfielder Kelly Kerrigan forced a turnover in front of the Hofstra goal and made the Pride pay for it with her second goal of the season. Kerrigan has now scored in each of the last two games.

JMU kept Sam Scolarici, the CAA’s leading scorer, off the score sheet with a strong defensive effort. Entering Friday night, Scolarici had scored 12 goals in 2014. The Dukes only allowed Hofstra to take two shots in the second half to finish with a 15-8 advantage in shots.

In two CAA games this season, the Dukes have scored three-plus goals in each of the contests. JMU didn’t score more than two goals in a contest throughout the 10-game nonconference slate. The Dukes topped Towson last Friday, Sept. 26, by the score of 4-2.

Hofstra was picked to win the CAA regular season title in the Preseason poll, as the Pride received 74 points and three first-place votes while JMU was picked to finish second with 71 points and four first-place votes.

The win moves JMU to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the CAA. Hofstra falls to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in CAA action. The Dukes improved to 9-5-2 all-time against Hofstra.

JMU finishes its five-game road trip Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5, in Boston, Massachusetts, against Northeastern. The Huskies topped JMU in the CAA Tournament Finals last season at University Park 3-1 after the Dukes topped Northeastern 2-0 in the regular season.

Field hockey
HARRISONBURG – Delaware scored the golden goal with just 2:19 left to play in the second overtime to bring the James Madison field hockey team’s comeback bid just short as the Dukes fell 6-5 in double overtime to the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Blue Hens in both teams’ league opener on Friday night at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.

JMU fell to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in league play, the second straight loss for the Dukes and their fifth overtime game this season (3-2). Delaware improved to 6-5 and 1-0 against CAA teams.

Overtime was set up for the fifth time this season as the Dukes scored a pair of goals over the final 3:38 of regulation. After a called timeout and trailing by two (5-3) with the clock ticking down, junior forward Danni Wilson came in hard from the right side and dialed a shot into the cage to cut JMU’s deficit to one at 5-4 with less than four minutes left to play. It was her first goal of the season.

On the whistle, hard play by both teams resulted in back-and-forth possessions between the Dukes and Blue Hens. With less than a minute left on the clock, junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte secured the ball and fired in the game-tying goal. While the goal was originally waived off, the officials met and after a brief discussion, the goal was deemed good with 25 seconds left in regulation.

The Blue Hens’ Jacki Coveleski scored the winning goal in the 98th minute of play off a high shot into the left corner after picking up the quick right-side pass from Taylor Lister three meters inside the circle.

The teams drew even on penalty corners at 6-6. Delaware earned the 19-10 advantage in shots, including a 4-1 edge in the second overtime and led the Dukes 14-7 in shots-on-goal. JMU goalkeepers, however, combined for eight saves while the Blue Hens’ goalkeeper Fran Orella only made two saves en route to the win (6-5). Freshman Sara Kraeutler tallied the loss for JMU, the first of her career (1-1).

Redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor West tied a game-high with four points, scoring one goal and assisting on two others. Her goal in the 33rd minute of play, a high lifted shot from the right side, tied the game at 2-2.

West assisted on senior forward Bethany Ashworth’s goal just 11:02 into the game, a tipped-in pass from the left side, to create the first tie of the game (1-1). She also dropped off a corner pass to junior back Loes Stijntjes in the 50th minute of action to pull the Dukes within one (4-3).

Prior to the game, the Dukes honored Lisa Milliken (JMU ’88), a former JMU field hockey player, as a part of their Breast Cancer Awareness game.

JMU returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 5 as the Dukes welcome Towson to Harrisonburg, Virginia for their second CAA contest of 2014. Play begins at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MadiZONE HD SportsNet, presented by the JMU Alumni Association.