HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 20, 2013 – Senior Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown) broke a scoreless tie with two goals in a span of two minutes in the second half, leading James Madison to a 3-0 win over visiting College of Charleston in a CAA women’s soccer game Sunday.
Freshman Sydney Braun-McLeod (Ottawa, Ontario/Glebe Collegiate Institute) tacked on a late goal to complete the scoring for the Dukes, who improved to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the conference. They have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a current five-game winning streak, and moved into a three-way tie for first place in the CAA standings.
Wilson’s first goal of the game came in the 63rd minute. She received a long pass from fellow senior Becky Sparks (Laurel Springs, N.J. Paul VI), setting up a one-on-one breakaway attempt. Wilson capitalized with her fourth goal of the season.
Wilson added her fifth goal of the year just two minutes later, scoring on an assist from junior Sam Lofton (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain). The goal was the 29th of Wilson’s career, moving her into a three-way tie for seventh all-time at JMU. She is one goal away from tying Julie Reule (1991-94) and Aimee Grahe (1996-99) for fifth on the list.
Sparks also made a jump in the program’s record book with her assist on Wilson’s first goal. Her 16 career assists tie her with Annie Lowry (2004-07), Christy Metzker (2000-04) and Lauren Stritzl (1995-98) for 14th all-time.
Braun-McLeod’s goal was unassisted and came in the 89th minute. She has four goals in her first season with the Dukes.
Sophomore goalie Ellen Forrest made one save to post her fifth shutout of the season. Cougars’ goalie Lauren Killian made 10 saves.
JMU celebrated Senior Day on Sunday, honoring Wilson, Sparks, Haley Miller (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) and Olivia Tomoff prior to the game.
With two games left on the schedule, JMU is two wins shy of tying the program record for wins during the regular season. The Dukes finish with two road games, as they will travel to play Northeastern on Friday and Hofstra on Sunday.