HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 21, 2011 – No. 20 William and Mary kept its unbeaten conference record intact as the Tribe downed James Madison 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer Friday night at the JMU Soccer Complex.
The league-leading Tribe improved to 14-1-2 overall record and 9-0-0 in CAA play. W&M extended its winning streak to nine games and its unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1).
JMU’s record now stands at 7-7-3 overall and 4-4-1 in CAA competition.
With a late goal by JMU redshirt junior Dana O'Brien (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent), the Dukes became one of only four CAA teams to score on the Tribe, which has given up only four goals in nine league games.
W&M led 2-0 at halftime after junior Erin Liberatore (Midlothian, Va./James River) scored in the 12th minute and freshman Emory Camper (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) added a goal in the 42nd minute.
Junior Cortlyn Bristol (Oak Hill, Va./Chantilly) fed a pass from the middle of the box to the left side to Liberatore, who took a shot from nine yards out. Her shot hit the left post and spun into the goal.
On the second score, sophomore Dani Rutter (York, Penn./Central York) delivered a pass from the left side of the field into the box to Camper. Camper slid a shot from five yards away just out of reach of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kate Courter (Lincoln Park, N.J./Immaculate Heart) inside the left post.
A free kick from 26 yards by Tribe senior Diana Weigel (Fairfax, Va./Woodson) in the 84th minute sailed into the upper right corner of the goal and gave W&M a 3-0 advantage.
O'Brien's score came on a play that began with a corner kick by sophomore Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown). Redshirt junior Kelly Germain (McLean, Va./Langley) headed Wilson's kick to the right side of the goal, where O'Brien finished with a shot from close range.
W&M took 15 total shots to 14 for JMU but held a 9-3 advantage on shots on goal.
Tribe redshirt junior goalkeeper Katherine Yount (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) finished with two saves, and JMU's Courter made six saves.
W&M has already locked up the number one seed for the upcoming CAA Tournament (Nov. 3, 4 & 6) but there's quite a battle for the remaining five spots as only five points separate the number two through 11 teams in the standings.
Tied for second are George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth, which both have 4-2-3 records and 15 points. JMU and Northeastern each have 4-4-1 records and 13 points and are tied for fourth. Towson and Hofstra (4-5-0) are tied for sixth with 12 points, Delaware (3-3-2) and Drexel (3-4-2) are tied for eighth with 11 points, and Old Dominion and Georgia State are tied for 10th with 10 points.
In CAA play, a team earns three points for a win and one point for a tie.
JMU closes out the home portion of its schedule Sunday (Oct. 23) with a 1 p.m. game vs. Old Dominion.