CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 12, 2010 - Sophomore Katie Menzie (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) scored one goal and one assist and senior Teresa Rynier (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) tallied two assists as the James Madison women's soccer team defeated Texas 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at North Carolina's Fetzer Field.
JMU (15-6-1) will play the third-ranked North Carolina (18-2-2) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the second round of the tournament.
"This team has just really found a new gear, a whole new level the last four to six weeks," Head Coach Dave Lombardo said. "We put a good game plan together, they executed it and they fought hard all over the field."
The Dukes took a 1-0 lead with 27:14 remaining in the first half on a header by redshirt sophomore Kelly Germain (McLean, Va./Langley). Menzie crossed the ball into the box and Germain connected with a header into the left corner of the net for her third tally of the season.
In the 29th minute, junior Yolie Anderson-Golhor (Ottawa, Ontario/Louis-Riel) nearly made it a two-goal game. She received a cross from senior Cate Tisinger (Clifton, Va./Centreville), but Texas goalkeeper Alexa Gaul made a diving stop on Anderson-Golhor's header attempt.
Freshman Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown) almost found the net in the 34th minute when she received a through ball from Germain, but Wilson's shot went wide left of the net.
Texas (11-6-4) created multiple scoring chances in the closing minutes of the half. The Longhorns forced JMU to defend three corner kicks in the last two minutes, with the best chance coming with just over one minute remaining. Lucy Keith's header went just wide of the open net to preserve the Dukes' 1-0 lead into the locker room.
The Dukes doubled their lead to 2-0 four minutes into the second frame. Rynier took a shot that was saved by Gaul, but Menzie corralled the deflection and found the net for the second time this year to put the Dukes up two with 41 minutes remaining in regulation.
With 30 minutes remaining, Texas nearly scored its first goal when Amanda Lisberger shot from the top of the box and Hannah Higgins controlled possession off the deflection, but she was unable to get a shot off on the net.
JMU nearly scored again with 26:45 remaining when Wilson found Tisinger by herself in the right side of the box, but her shot was wide to the right. One minute later, Wilson's header bounced off the post to keep the score at 2-0.
The Longhorns finally got on the board with 8:06 remaining. Kirsten Birkhold crossed the ball into the box and senior Diane Wszalek (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) deflected the cross, but Kylie Doniak took possession and scored to make it a 2-1 game.
The Dukes sealed the victory as they answered right back when Rynier found Tisinger on the right side and she beat the keeper in the left corner to give JMU a 3-1 advantage with 7:12 to go.
With the victory, JMU tied its program-record unbeaten streak at nine games (8-0-1). The Dukes have now won their last three first-round games they have played in the NCAA Tournament.
The only other time the Dukes faced UNC, the Tarheels won 5-0 in the second round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Wzsalek made five saves in net for the Dukes to tally her 15th win this year. Rynier's two assists upped her season total to 13 and her JMU career record to 53. JMU outshot the Longhorns 19-12 in the victory.