Harrisonburg, Va, Sept. 8, 2013 – Virginia Tech rallied with three second-half goals on its way to a 3-1 win over James Madison in a non-conference women’s soccer game Sunday night at University Park.
Freshman Sydney Braun-McLeod scored her first career goal to give the Dukes a lead they would take into halftime. Sophomore Kelly Kerrigan set up the goal with a nice pass that split two defenders. Braun-McLeod then dribbled the ball into the left side of the box before firing a shot past the goalie and into the right side of the net.
Braun-McLeod’s goal was the only shot of the first half for JMU, while Virginia Tech took 10, but the Dukes were able to make the one shot count for the halftime lead.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of JMU until sophomore Ashley Meier tied it up with a goal in the sixth minute. Freshman Murielle Tiernan assisted on the score with a cross.
Tiernan continued her torrid start to her first season with the Hokies with the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute. The score, which was assisted by Katie Yensen and Jazmine Reeves, was her fifth in six games.
The Hokies tacked on another goal five minutes later as Meier struck again, matching Tiernan with her fifth goal of the season. Reeves tallied her second assist of the game on the play.
Virginia Tech was another in a series of tough non-conference opponents for JMU to open the season. The Hokies remained unbeaten at 5-0-1 with the win, while the Dukes dropped to 3-3-0.
JMU will be on the road for a pair of games in North Carolina this weekend. The Dukes will take on Charlotte on Friday and will play at Davidson on Sunday.