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JMU Women Hold Off #3 Maryland, Match Ends in 0-0 Tie

Published: September 11, 2011

HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 11, 2011 - James Madison (3-2-2) battled third-ranked Maryland (6-0-2) to a scoreless double-overtime tie in women’s soccer Sunday evening at the JMU Soccer Complex.

Dukes' redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kate Courter (Lincoln Park, N.J./Immaculate Heart) finished with a career-high 10 saves to get her fourth shutout in seven games this season.  Maryland senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun (Bowie, Md./Roosevelt) made five saves.

Maryland took 25 shots, 10 of them on goal, while JMU took eight shots, with five on those on goal.  Seven of the Terps' shots came in the first 10-minute sudden-death overtime period, but five of those were wide of the mark and Courter made stops on the other two.

The Terps' best scoring opportunities came in regulation play. 

In the opening half senior Jasmyne Spencer (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) took a shot from 15 yards in the 29th minute that was just wide of the goal on the left side.

A long-range shot by senior Lydia Hastings (Rehoboth Beach, Del./Cape Henlopen) from about 30 yards out was stopped by Courter in the 33rd minute.

Courter tipped a shot from sophomore Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) over the crossbar with just over eight minutes left in the half.

The Dukes' best chance of the first half came on a shot from some 30 yards out by sophomore Olivia Tomoff (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding), and Balogun made an easy save on the attempt.

The most dangerous Maryland plays in the second half included a shot in the 80th minute by Spencer on the left side of the box that was saved at the near post by Courter.  Another shot from outside the box in the 86th minute by senior Ashley Grove (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) sailed just over the crossbar.

Post-Game Comments from JMU coach David Lombardo
"It was a great result for us.  The kids were really disappointed against Georgetown (a 2-0 loss on Sept. 9).  We regrouped and put a game plan together, and they really executed it to satisfaction."
"We were trying to have (Maryland) take shots from distance, and a lot of (their) 25 shots were easy ones for Kate (Courter) to handle.  They did get in a couple times, (and Kate) came up big in the middle of the first half (when) she touched (Brock's shot) over the bar."

"We didn't have many great chances.  We gave them some concern and didn't quite capitalize on (our chances), but I'm happy with the way that we played."

"Our entire defensive line logged the whole 110 minutes.  This was Shannon Rano's first start, and she just ran down Jasyme Spencer, who has track speed and was all over the field.  Elisa Davidson and Sam Lofton played great in the back from the defensive standpoint (and) Olivia Tomoff was also in that back part as well."

"Our midfield really was credited with keeping them at bay.  We rotated five or six kids in there.  They all worked really hard defensively."

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