Tech drops double overtime heartbreaker to James Madison 3-4
Johnson ties Hokie single-game record with three assists
BLACKSBURG, Va. – James Madison forward Cate Tisinger scored a breakaway goal in double overtime to propel the visiting Dukes to a 4-3 victory over the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team on Sunday evening. The Hokies fall to 5-3-0 on the year with the loss.
Tech got off to a quick start and opened the scoring a mere 10 minutes into the match on Emliy Jukich’s sixth goal of the season. The junior forward one-touched a long throw-in from Julian Johnson past the James Madison keeper for the Hokies’ earliest score in a game thus far.
Eighteen minutes of scoreless action would pass before the Dukes evened the match at one-all. JMU forward Corky Julien redirected a cross from senior Kim Germain to the far side of the net for her third goal of the season in the 27th minute.
With the momentum in their favor, James Madison took the lead, 2-1, on an unassisted goal by Tisinger 40 seconds later.
Not to be outdone, the Hokies responded in less than a minute. Johnson once again took a throw-in for Tech deep in the JMU side of the field. This time, senior Laurie Beth Puglisi was the beneficiary of Johnson’s tremendous range as she tapped the pass into the corner of the net for her third goal in the past two contests.
After the two teams combined to score three goals in less than two minutes, the rest of the half came to an end without incident and the score remained tied at 2-2.
James Madison broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute when sophomore Teresa Rynier received the ball on the left side and dribbled to the center of the field. The JMU midfielder then took a shot from just outside the Tech box and found the back corner of the goal past the Hokies’ starting keeper, Kristin Carden.
With less than seven minutes remaining in the second frame, JMU looked to have the game well in hand. However, Johnson broke free from the defense on the right side and fired a cross into the box. Jukich then headed the ball into the net, knotting the score at three and giving the junior her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Johnson also picked up her third assist of the match, tying her own Tech individual single-game high. The Hokie forward also dished out three assists against Radford on Aug. 27, 2006. She now has 22 assists for her career.
Neither team notched the game-winner in the last few minutes of regulation. Tech out-shot the Dukes 10-7 in the final 45 minutes and 16-11 through the first two periods combined.
Yet James Madison held the advantage in shots during the overtime periods, 6-1. The shot margin made the difference for the Dukes as Tisinger struck again less than two minutes into the second overtime. Rynier led the speedy forward with a pass along the left side and Tisinger drilled a shot to the right corner past Carden in the one-on-one situation for the game-winner.
Carden received the start in goal for the Hokies and made six saves while allowing four goals. Redshirt sophomore Diane Wszalek started in net for James Madison and allowed three goals and also made six saves.
The Hokies head to Florida this coming week to take on the Miami Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fl. on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. for both teams’ ACC opener. Tech then travels to Tallahassee, Fl. for a match against the Seminoles of Florida State on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.
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