HARRISONBURG, Va. – The UNCG women’s soccer team battled but gave up two late goals to fall to James Madison, 2-0, Friday night at University Park.
UNCG fell to 4-4 on the season while James Madison improves to 6-3 on the year.
James Madison took a 1-0 lead late in the second half after Sam Lofton took a pass and fired a bullet to the lower left corner. Lofton gave the Dukes the lead in the 82nd minute scoring her first goal of the season.
With a minute left, the Spartans tried to push up offensively but James Madison added a late goal after Katie Hyland found Lauren Wilson who scored from close range for her second goal of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Simmons (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook) finished with four saves. Forrest earned a shutout, while making three saves on UNCG.
The Blue and Gold finished with six shots in the contest, including three on frame.
In the first half, both teams had opportunities to score first with the Spartans getting a chance in the eighth minute. Sophomore Chesney White (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) took a strike just outside the box but James Madison’s Ellen Forrest made the save.
In the 14th minute, the Dukes put some pressure inside the box after a corner kick as Haley Miller’s shot was turned away by the UNCG defense. A minute later, Katie Hyland put a header on net but Simmons came away with the save.
Off a corner kick in the 25th minute, freshman Rebecca Burrows (Auckland, New Zealand/Mount Albert Grammer School) fired a shot just wide of the net.
Five minutes later, James Madison found space leading to an opportunity from Meghan Cox who hit a shot to the lower right corner but Simmons made a diving save to her right to keep the game scoreless.
UNCG returns home for its Southern Conference opener against Appalachian State Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. Be sure to follow all updates about the 2013 UNCG women's soccer team onwww.uncgspartans.com or on twitter @UNCGsports/@UNCGWSoccer.