In the 40th all time meeting between JMU and William & Mary, the Tribe tied the Duke’s 2-2, courtesy of goals from junior Caroline Monahan and senior Erin Dailey.
Early on, the majority of the match was being played in the midfield, with neither team taking control. The Tribe began to come alive in the 11th minute off of a nice combination between forwards Caroline Monahan and Alex Kuhnle, propelling a string of attacking movements in the 13th minute.
A ball played past Kuhnle in the 15th minute was W&M’s best scoring opportunity of the first half, but JMU goalkeeper Melissa Hoffheins denied Kuhnle the near post finish.
With only one shot taken during the entirety of the first half, the teams began to settle into the match as the second half began.
Five minutes into the second half, the Tribe forced Hoffheins’ hand again off of a shot from Midfielder Jillian O’Toole. W&M continued to find their footing as the second half progressed, registering a total of fourteen shots to JMU’s six — stretching the Duke’s defense.
With solid opportunities from Renee Kohler and Monahan, the Tribe found itself knocking on JMU’s door.
The Tribe’s offensive efforts came to fruition in the 68th minute as Monahan cut past a JMU defender, slotting the ball past Hoffheim’s near post to put the College on the board.
JMU’s first shot finally came in the 63rd minute, a testament to W&M’s ability to shut down the Dukes’ opportunities before they became threatening.
As JMU was unable to create real opportunities, W&M continued to take control of the game. A goal from Erin Dailey in the 81st minute off of a cross from the corner of the box by Renee Kohler gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead over JMU with nine minutes remaining.
Though the momentum was on the Tribe’s side in the 81st minute, the tides changed in the 82nd, as JMU’s Lidia Nduka scored off of a header to put the Dukes on the board. Six minutes later, JMU equalized with another header, this time from Ginger Deel off of a long throw in from Hannah Coulling.
At a 2-2 draw, the teams headed into overtime; with an important victory on the line, both sides generated countless chances, but were unable to put any in the back of the net.
Scoreless in double overtime thanks to two critical saves from W&M goalkeeper Zoe Doughty, the Tribe and the Duke’s tied.
The Tribe returns to play this Saturday, hosting Elon in Williamsburg. Let’s go Tribe!
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