HARRISONBURG, Va. – The William and Mary women’s soccer team scored the match’s first two goals and held on late, defeating James Madison, 2-1, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both schools.
William and Mary, which is unbeaten in its last eight contests, improves to 4-1-4, 1-0-0 in CAA play, while the Dukes fall to 8-4-0, 0-1-0 in conference play.
“Tonight was a great win for us,” said head coach John Daly. “We played well and defended very well tonight. It was disappointing to give up the late goal, but we played very well tonight.
James Madison came out of the gates in a hurry, firing the first four shots of the match. However, none of the shots came on frame, and the Tribe with stood the rally.
William and Mary’s first chance came in the 11th minute. Senior Dani Rutter put a shot on target, but James Madison goalkeeper Ellen Forrest came up with the stop. Again in the 34th minute the Tribe put a shot on frame, this time sophomore Leci Irvin’s shot was saved by Forrest.
The first shot on goal for the Dukes came in the 39th minute. A header from Haley Miller came on goal, but sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey made the save.
W&M scored the first goal of the match in the 42nd minute. Rutter fired a shot on goal that was saved by Forrest. The rebound bounced out in front of the goal and junior Emory Camper headed into the net. The tally, which was the fifth of the season for Camper, gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Camper had another chance to open the second half attack for the Green and Gold. However, her header sailed high and out of play. The Tribe’s next chance came in the 70th minute when sophomore Katie Johnston launched shot just wide.
James Madison’s Lauren Wilson had three shots on target for the Dukes in the 55th, 66th, and 72nd minutes respectively. All three of Wilson’s shots were stopped by Casey.
The Tribe doubled its lead in the 86th minute. Junior Anna Madden sent a through ball up the pitch that found Rutter. Rutter was able to control the pass and defeat the goalkeeper in a one-versus-one to score. The goal, which was the second of the season for Rutter, lifted the Tribe to a 2-0 lead.
James Madison cut the lead in half in the 89th minute match. Katie Hyland sent a cross into the box that found Kelly Kerrigan. Kerrigan directed the ball into the net, making the score 2-1.
Rutter finished the match with a goal and an assist. In net, Casey finished the night with four saves for the Green and Gold.
The College returns to action and concludes its three-game road trip on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Drexel. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. William and Mary returns to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Sunday Oct. 6 against Delaware.