Late Goal Makes the Difference in Wildcats 1-0 Loss at James Madison
Aug. 29, 2010
HARRISONBURG, Va.-In the final game of the JMU/Comfort Inn Invitational on Sunday afternoon, Villanova (2-1-0) made a strong push against the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region but ultimately was dealt a 1-0 defeat at the hands of James Madison (2-1-0) at the JMU Soccer Complex.
The only score of the game came in the 81st minute when Yolie Andby erson-Golhar tapped the ball into the left corner of the net past the reach of freshman goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.). Both teams were active offensively on a hot and humid afternoon but the Dukes had the better of the offensive chances in the decisive second half and finished the game with a 13-9 edge in shots.
Kranich was up to the task of defending the goal against James Madison and finished the day with eight saves, double her combined total from the season's first two games. The goal scored by the Dukes came on a scoring chance that developed quickly along the right side with a pair of passes setting up Anderson-Golhar at close range.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, junior midfielder Katy Nagy (Bellmore, N.Y.) and third-year defenders Candace Ruff (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) were each named to the All-Tournament Team.
In a scoreless first half, both teams had five shots. The best chances for Villanova came during a four-minute sequence midway through the period. Junior forward Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) was able to repeatedly get through the James Madison defense and into good scoring position in the center of the field. She had shots in the 19th minute and the 23rd minute and set up sophomore forward Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) in the 21st minute. The last two shots in that series were all turned away on nice saves by Diane Wszalek at the left post.
The best scoring chance for the Dukes in the first stanza came in the 40th minute when Amalya Clayton had a breakaway opportunity in the center of the field. She raced in towards the goal but Kranich came out and made a perfectly timed slide to kick the ball out of harm's way.
Following the intermission, a frenetic sequence early in the second half set a tone for how the rest of the contest would be played. In the 55th minute, Ryan was taken down along the end line after the ball had gone out of bounds and a foul was called on James Madison in the far left corner.
Senior forward Justine Wollner (Downingtown, Pa.) sent a ball into a crowded scramble in front of the goal and both Nagy and Ryan got touches on it before the Dukes were penalized for a hand ball in the box. A penalty kick was awarded to the Wildcats at 54:09 but Wszalek saved the attempt to keep the game scoreless.
The weekend tournament resulted in a 1-1 record for Villanova, which opened with a 2-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday evening. BIG EAST Conference member St. John's was the only undefeated team in the tournament, posting a win over the Dukes and a scoreless draw against VCU earlier on Sunday.
Next up for the Wildcats is the team's home and conference opener on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Georgetown.