HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 18, 2013 – Junior Katie Hyland (Islip, N.Y./Islip) and senior Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown) scored goals to lift James Madison to a 2-1 win over visiting UNC Wilmington in a Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer game Friday night at University Park.
The Dukes improved to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference, and clinched a spot in the CAA Tournament. The Seahawks dropped to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the CAA.
The game didn’t start out the way JMU would have liked as UNC Wilmington scored three minutes into the first half. Katrina Guillou scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season to put the Seahawks up 1-0. Morgan Leyble registered an assist with a beautiful pass from the defensive third all the way to the front of the box, giving Guillou a one-on-one breakaway.
JMU responded with a goal from its top goal scorer, Hyland, in the 13th minute. The senior tallied her team-leading sixth goal of the season with an assist from freshman Allie Bunner (Bristow, Va./Patriot). Hyland has scored in back-to-back games and also leads the team with 15 points.
Wilson scored the game-winner in the 27th minute. Junior Sam Lofton (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) delivered a long pass to freshman Ashley Herndon (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge), who dribbled into the box and passed right to Wilson, setting her up with a good look in front of the net.
The goal was the 27th of Wilson’s career, good enough for 10th all-time at JMU. Her 66 points rank 11th all-time.
Junior Shannon Rano (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata), who has played every minute for the Dukes this season, helped lead the defensive effort that allowed just two shots on goal. Sophomore goalie Ellen Forrest (Midlothian, Va./James River) made one save to pick up her 12th win, while Seahawks’ goalie Carolyn Huddy stopped nine of the 11 shots she faced.
JMU, winners of nine of its last 10 games, will return to action on Sunday as it hosts the College of Charleston for the final home game of the regular season. The Dukes will honor seniors Becky Sparks (Laurel Springs, N.J./Paul VI), Wilson, Haley Miller (West Chester, Pa./West Chester) and Olivia Tomoff prior to the game.
Madizone HD Sportsnet presented by the JMU Alumni Association will provide a live audio broadcast of Sunday’s game.