Comeback Falls Short For Women's Soccer In 2-1 Loss At James Madison
Aug. 24, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The UMass women's soccer team trimmed its deficit to one with just under 12 minutes to play in the second half, but the squad's comeback fell short in a 2-1 loss to James Madison at the JMU Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Following the setback, the Minutewomen are 0-1-1 to start the year, while the Dukes improve to 2-0-0.
After battling through a scoreless first half, JMU broke through for the first tally of the afternoon in the 51st minute. Rachel Ivey brought down a lofted pass from Kelly Kerrigan and Ashley Herndon and knocked in a low shot from the top of the box that found the inside of the right post.
Then at the 70:31 mark, the Dukes expanded their advantage to 2-0. Herndon sent a cross through the box from the right corner that Sydney Braun-McLeod drove off the post and in.
UMass took one of the goals back in the 79th minute, cutting the margin in half. Sophomore Julia Weithofer headed down junior Georgia Gibson's pass from the midfield to herself and beat a JMU defender and goalkeeper Ellen Forrest to the loose ball, tapping it past the netminder along the ground and in. Weithofer earned a spot on the JMU All-Tournament Team, as did the Minutewomen's goal scorer from Friday's 1-1 draw with Towson, sophomore Megan Burke.
UMass continued to pressure offensively, keeping the ball in the Dukes' end for much of the remainder of the match, but was unable to come up with the equalizer.
James Madison finished with a 10-6 shot advantage, while corner kicks were event at four apiece. Redshirt sophomore Danielle Kriscenski totaled five stops in net for the Minutewomen and Forrest turned aside two for the Dukes. Fouls were 7-6, against JMU.
Returning to New England, UMass will be back in action on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the squad will travel to Bryant for a 4 p.m. match.