CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 14, 2010 - Third-ranked North Carolina scored two goals in the second half to break the 1-1 tie and defeat James Madison 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Fetzer Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Tar Heels (19-2-2) will advance to next Saturday's round of 16 to take on Notre Dame at home, while the Dukes dropped to 15-7-1 with the defeat.
"I thought we gave a legitimate effort, "Head Coach Dave Lombardo said. "I thought we put a pretty good game plan together. We capitalized on the couple of chances we had in the first half and we made it interesting. Carolina found a whole new gear in the second half and it was tough for us to go with them."
UNC jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. Kealia Ohai found Krystal Dunn in the box and she turned and fired into the top left corner of the net to give the Tarheels the one-goal advantage.
In the 20th minute, UNC nearly doubled its lead. Meghan Klingenberg shot from the top of the box, but senior Diane Wszalek (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) dove to make the save near the right post to give the Heels a corner. On the corner, Megan Brigman's header was once again saved by Wszalek.
The Dukes tied the contest with 15:24 remaining in the half. Freshman Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown) took a shot from 35 yards out that found the open net for her eighth tally of the season after sophomore Amalya Clayton (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) deflected the ball off UNC goalkeeper Hannah Daly and Wilson took it and fired on the empty net.
"It was good team defense by Amalya [Clayton]," Wilson said. "She pressured the goalie when she came out of the box and it deflected off the keeper to my left foot and I just one-touched it around her."
"That was our best sequence of soccer that last 15-20 minutes," Lombardo said. "We caught them on a mistake. The goalkeeper ranged too far and Lauren [Wilson] did a great job, she had the presence of mind to just bury that instead of trying to dribble it in.
Wilson almost found the net for a second time with just under two minutes remaining before halftime. Freshman Sam Lofton (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) passed from the left side of midfield and found Wilson all alone just outside the box, but her shot was saved by Daly.
The Tar Heels regained the lead at 2-1 with 40:29 remaining in the contest. Ohai fed the ball into the left corner where Klingenberg crossed into the box and Amber Brooks connected with a header into the right corner of the net.
UNC took a 3-1 lead in the 65th minute after getting three shots off in the box. JMU blocked a pair of shots right in front of the net by the Tar Heels, but Klingenberg corralled the ball and found Dunn, who finished it off in the left side of the net with 25:41 to play.
The Heels outshot JMU 19-4 in the contest and had a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks. Wszalek made a game-high seven saves and Wilson had a team-high three shots, two of which were on goal.
The Dukes graduate a class of four seniors that compiled a career record of 57-27-6.
"We've gone [to the NCAA Tournament] three times in four years with this group and they just narrowly missed it last year losing in the conference final," Lombardo said. "These are kids that made an impact in the program and they really turned some things around."
Wszalek finished her career with a 1.1283 goals against average, breaking the program record of 1.1296, set by Cheryl Carr (1991-94). This season, she tied the single-season shutout record with eight and holds the JMU career record with 30 career overall shutouts, 24 of which were solo shutouts.
Teresa Rynier (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) holds the JMU and set the Colonial Athletic Association career assist record on Friday night against Texas. With her two assists, she compiled 53 assists in her four years, breaking the previous CAA record of 52. She also scored 20 career goals.
Cate Tisinger (Clifton, Va./Centreville) led a potent offense up front for the Dukes. She finished her career with 25 goals, 24 assists and 74 points. She ranked 11th in goals, sixth in assists and tied for eighth in points all-time at JMU.
Corinna Strickland (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) played a large role in the success of JMU's backfield during her tenure. Strickland tallied one goal, five assists and seven points, while only taking 10 shots in her career.