BOSTON – The Northeastern women’s soccer team entered Friday night’s match against James Madison in a three-way tie with JMU and William & Mary for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), but JMU climbed in the standings with a 2-0 win over NU.
The Dukes (14-4-0, 6-1-0 CAA) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 5:24 into the game on Katie Hyland’s seventh goal of the season. However, that was the only shot JMU could muster during the opening period as Northeastern controlled the tempo through most of the first half.
The Huskies (5-8-3, 5-2-0 CAA) earned four corner kicks in the first period and Mackenzie Dowd nearly headed in one of those services into the upper left corner, but JMU goalkeeper Ellen Forrest was there to make the stop.
Shayna Blackwood had a scoring opportunity midway through the first half when she gathered a long rebound just outside the box, but her shot attempt sailed just over the crossbar.
Despite trailing at the half, NU held a 7-1 edge in shots and a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Huskies continued their offensive pressure in the second half, and Hanna Terry nearly put NU on the board when she put a free kick from 25 yards out on net, but Forrest made the diving save to her right side.
Later in the half Blackwood drilled a long shot that went over Forrest’s head, but the scoring bid went off the cross bar and the Dukes cleared the rebound wide of the net.
JMU added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute when Haley Miller headed in a long throw in from Becky Sparks, giving the Dukes a 2-0 lead.
The Dukes capitalized on the few scoring chances they saw, as Northeastern outshot JMU, 14-5. The Huskies also earned eight corner kicks to the Dukes’ two.
Terry became Northeastern’s all-time leader in minutes played late in the second half, surpassing the previous mark of 4,784 career minutes.
Northeastern presented a $2,000 check to the Boston Ronald McDonald House prior to Friday night’s game. Led by NU junior Maria Lanyi, the Huskies sold raffle tickets to benefit children with cancer and their families.
The Huskies conclude their regular season schedule when they host William & Mary on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.