HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 25, 2013 – Katie Hyland and Allie Bunner scored goals in the second half to lead the James Madison women’s soccer team to its fifth straight win with a 2-1 victory over visiting George Mason on Wednesday night.
JMU’s three-game shutout streak came to an end when George Mason’s Jazmine Cardoso scored in the 26th minute to give the Patriots’ a one-goal lead they took into halftime, but the Dukes were able to rally in the second half to keep the winning streak alive.
Junior Katie Hyland (Islip, N.Y./Islip) tied the game for JMU in the 60th minute, scoring her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Freshman Ashley Herndon (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) made the goal possible, dribbling from near midfield down the left sideline and sending in a perfect cross. Hyland’s initial shot went off the post, but she was able to guide the ball in following a rebound.
The momentum clearly changed following the game-tying goal, and JMU was on the attack for the remainder of the game. Following several close chances, the Dukes broke through as freshman Allie Bunner (Bristow, Va./Patriot) scored her first career goal. Herndon once again played a pivotal part, tallying an assist with another cross.
Sophomore goalie Ellen Forrest (Midlothian, Va./James River) won for the eighth time this season, making two saves. Lyndse Hokanson made four saves in a losing effort.
Wednesday’s game marked the first come-from-behind win of the season for the Dukes, who wrapped up non-conference play with an 8-3 record, and will begin the CAA portion of their schedule with a home game against William & Mary on Saturday.
JMU is ranked second and William & Mary is seventh in the latest NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at University Park.