Pickard Scores a Pair of Goals But Delaware Women’s Soccer Settles for 2-2 Tie with James Madison
October 16, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – Despite getting two goals from leading scorer Amy Pickard (at right), the University of Delaware women’s soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 tie in a Colonial Athletic Association battle with James Madison Sunday afternoon at the Delaware Mini-Stadium.
The Blue Hens (7-5-3, 3-2-2 CAA) also played to a tie in their last outing when they drew with Virginia Commonwealth 1-1 Friday night. The Hens, who fell to the Dukes 4-0 last season in Harrisonburg, Va., battled JMU to a tie at home for the second straight time.
Pickard, a senior, upped her team-leading goal total to eight on the season and moved into sixth place on the all-time Delaware career goal-scoring list with 23. The multiple goal effort was her second of the season and third of her career. She also scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Siena back on Sept. 9.
James Madison (7-6-3, 4-3-1 CAA), which entered the game in third place in the league standings, sent the game into overtime on a goal by Lauren Wilson, her sixth of the season, with 17:22 left in regulation. Neither team could score during the two 10-minute overtime periods although the Hens managed four shots and JMU got off three shots in the extra time.
Pickard gave the Blue Hens a quick 1-0 lead when she took a header pass from Chelsea Duffy and scored past JMU goalkeeper Kate Courter (six saves) just eight minutes and 46 seconds into the contest.
The Hens took that 1-0 cushion into halftime but could not hold on to the lead as the Dukes tied the contest at 1-1 just under nine minutes into the second stanza when Becky Sparks sent a long crossing pass to Jessica Barndt, who scored her first goal of the season past Delaware’s Breanna Stemler (season-high 11 saves).
But Delaware grabbed the lead back just 13 minutes later when Pickard tallied again. The senior got behind a JMU defender and took a nice crossing feed from Ali Miller, upping the UD lead to 2-1 with 23:46 left in regulation.
JMU’s Wilson then sent the game into overtime as she rebounded a miss by Laura Trevillian and scored past Stemler to knot the score at 2-2.
Delaware, which has now played four overtime games this season, continues action Oct. 21 when the Hens travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason at 7 p.m.