Junior Catherine Allon scored to give Xavier the early 1-0 lead against James Madison.
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Xavier's women's soccer team dropped the first game of the regular season Friday night, a 2-1 decision at James Madison in the opening game of the JMU Invitational. The Musketeers will be back in action Sunday against Towson.
The Musketeers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half when junior midfielder Catherine Allon lofted a shot over the hand of the JMU goalkeeper at the 12:35 mark.
James Madison`s Katie Hyland answered eight minutes later, scoring on a breakaway set up by JMU's Sam Lofton to draw the match into a tie, 1-1. Minutes later the Dukes took the lead 2-1 on a goal by Ashley Herndon.
Despite 13 shots from the Dukes' offense, the Musketeers remained within striking distance by holding JMU scoreless for the second half, but Xavier was unable to draw even before time expired. Senior goalkeeper Katie Markesbery finished with four saves.
"Credit JMU. They were the better team tonight. They might be a top 4 or 5 team if they were in the BIG EAST," Xavier head coach Woody Sherwood said after the match. "We know we have to find out ways to get results against teams like that. It's disappointing to give up two big mistakes that led to being punished by two goals in the first half. We now have to regroup. We are looking forward to playing Towson on Sunday."
Xavier's second and final match of the James Madison Invitational will be against Towson on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Live stats will be available on GoXavier.com.