HARRISONBURG, Va., Aug. 23, 2013 – Four James Madison women’s soccer players notched goals in Friday’s home opener en route to a 4-1 victory over Richmond in the 2013 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational.
The two teams played even well into the first half before Meghan Cox (Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee) scored the first goal of her career and the first of the season for the Dukes. Freshman Allie Bunner (Bristow, Va./Patriot) recorded the first of her two assists in the game, dropping the ball back to Cox, who scored from 20 yards out. Freshman Sydney Braun-McLeod (Ottawa, Ontario/Glebe Collegiate Institute) also assisted on the play.
Becca Wann scored the lone goal for Richmond on a header tip off a drive from Ashley Riefner in the in the 34th minute, but the Spiders had several good chances to score in the first half, including a pair of good attempts by Wann. In the 19th minute, Wann attempted a shot from the right side that sailed just wide of the top, left corner of the net. Later on, in the 41st minute, she executed an excellent header but was denied with a diving save by Dukes’ goalie Ellen Forrest (Midlothian, Va./James River).
Freshman Ashley Herndon (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) broke a 1-1 tie with a go-ahead goal in 39th minute. Herndon tallied her first career goal by putting in a rebound off a shot by Bunner, the first of three straight scores off of rebounds.
The Dukes scored just over three minutes into the second half when sophomore Kelly Kerrigan (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) scored off an assist from Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown). Richmond goalie Devin O’Brien made a diving save on a shot by Wilson, and Kerrigan took advantage, hitting the open net to put her team up 3-1.
The assist gave Wilson 58 points for her career, tying her with Teri Joyce (1999-02) for 16th on JMU’s all-time list.
Senior Haley Miller (West Chester , Pa./West Chester East) scored the final goal of the game with just 2:32 left on the clock. Becky Sparks (Laurel Springs, N.J./Paul VI) picked up the assist, firing a shot that was saved by O’Brien, but Miller was there to finish the job.
James Madison returns to action on Sunday with a game against La Salle at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on MadiZONE HD SportsNet Presented by JMU Alumni Association, with the broadcast starting at1:20 p.m. Richmond will take on Old Dominion at 11 a.m. La Salle shut out Old Dominion 1-0 in the opening game on Friday night.