Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 13, 2013 -- After giving up a two-goal lead in the second half, the James Madison women's soccer team responded quickly and held on for a 3-2 win at Charlotte in a non-conference game Friday night.
The Dukes (4-3-0) held a two-goal lead at the half thanks to scores by seniors Lauren Wilson and Becky Sparks.
Wilson opened the scoring with a goal in the 18th minute. Freshman Ashley Herndon set up the shot with a cross from the right side and Wilson finished with her first goal of the season. Wilson is now tied with Cate Tisinger (2007-10) for 11th all-time at JMU in career goals. She is just one goal from cracking the top 10.
Sparks gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead with a goal in the 36th minute. She scored on a putback off a rebound from a shot by freshman Sydney Braun-McLeod.
Charlotte came out in the second half and wasted little time in starting its comeback, cutting the lead to 2-1 with a goal 48 seconds after the half began. Jessica Ryan scored her second goal of the season on an assist from Sarah Ann Waugh.
Amanda Jones scored for the 49ers in the 57th minute to tie the game at 2-2. Maddie Kiebel assisted on the equalizer.
The game played out almost identical to the Dukes' previous win, a 3-2 victory over Villanova. In that game, they went up 2-0 at the half, gave up two goals to tie the game, but scored the go-ahead goal shortly after the game-tying goal.
Against Villanova it was Katie Hyland who scored the game-winner three minutes after the game-tying goal. Friday night against Charlotte, it was Herndon with the game-winner, again about three minutes after the game-tying goal.
Herndon's goal gave the Dukes their third one-goal win this season, all of which came with a game-winner in the second half.
Ellen Forrest notched her fourth win of the season, making seven saves.
JMU will continue its North Carolina road trip with a game at Davidson on Sunday.