HARRISONBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s soccer team fell to James Madison University, 2-1, in an overtime, mid-week Colonial Athletic Association match Thursday evening at JMU’s University Park.
Delaware (9-7, 6-3 CAA) snapped its two-game CAA winning streak with Thursday’s loss while James Madison improved to 7-10 overall and 5-4 in the conference.
“I’m really proud of the way the girls played tonight,” Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda said. “We created some incredible chances that I know we will put away nine times out of 10, but that’s the beauty and the curse of soccer.”
The Blue Hens struck first in the 25th-minute of the match when junior midfielder Chelsea Duffy tallied her second goal of the season with a powerful kick into the lower left corner of the goal from a pass by freshman Maddy Parker that gave UD an early 1-0 lead.
In the 42nd minute of the first half, JMU’s Amalya Clatyon tallied her first goal of the season when she lofted the ball from 22-yards away in to the top left corner of the net. Kelly Germain was credited with the assist on the goal that tied the match at 1-1.
Delaware and James Madison remained tied through a scoreless second half where the Blue Hens hammered 10 shots while holding the Dukes without a shot in the second period.
At the 98:06 mark of the over-time period, an assist by JMU’s Rachel Ivey helped Katie Hyland score her fourth goal of the season into the lower left corner of UD’s goal for the game-winning score.
UD had its offensive chances throughout the night as the Blue Hens out shot the Dukes, 17-6. Leading the way for Delaware was Duffy with three shots on goal while Germain was the only JMU player with two shots on goal.
Delaware goalkeeper Jess Levy made three saves in the loss as James Madison goalkeeper Marlee Stynchula tallied five saves in the victory.
“We will see how the standings shake out over the weekend,” Grzenda added about the bunched CAA standings. “With the weekend off, we will prepare hard for Drexel next week for the positive momentum needed.”
The Blue Hens will play their final CAA regular season match on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. when the University of Delaware women’s soccer team travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to battle the Drexel University Dragons at DU’s Vidas Field.