WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary women’s soccer team opened Colonial Athletic Association play by defeating James Madison, 2-0, Sunday afternoon from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Sophomore Emory Camper and freshman Nicole Baxter lifted the Tribe past the Dukes with goals in the second-half. The College improves to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in CAA play, while JMU falls to 3-7 on the year and 1-1 in league action.
In the opening 45-minutes of play, freshman keeper Caroline Casey registered three saves in keeping the Dukes off the scoreboard. The Chesapeake, Va., native came up with another highlight reel save in the 31st minute. The athletic Casey elevated to her right, thwarting away a high bending attempt from JMU sophomore Shannon Rano, who fired on frame from 15-yards away. For the half, JMU registered nine shots, while its defense held the Tribe shot less.
After not connecting on a single shot attempt in the first-half, the Tribe stormed out of the locker rooms, reeling off 10 unanswered shots to start the second stanza. On W&M’s 10th attempt, junior Dani Rutter slotted a pass along the PK spot to Camper, who proceeded to punch home the Tribe’s first score of the contest off her left foot in the 72nd minute. The College put the affair out of reach when freshman Nicole Baxter headed in a lob pass from classmate Leci Irvin, who sent the assist up in the air from just outside of the 18.
For the match, W&M registered 13 shots with six coming on frame. All of the College’s attempts culminated in second-half action. The Dukes finished the afternoon tallying 15 shots, which included six on goal.
Camper’s goal in the 72nd minute was the Virginia Beach, Va., natives second of the season, while the assist was Rutter’s second of the year. Baxter’s score in the 84th minute was her third of the season, while the assist was the second of Irvin’s career. Sunday’s victory moved the Tribe to 12-0-1 in CAA home openers since 2000.
W&M returns to action at George Mason on Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff in Fairfax, Va. is slated for 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats. All-time, the Green and Gold is 18-13-4 against the Patriots.