WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Despite taking the lead on a goal by sophomore Katrina Guillou in the third minute, UNCW suffered a 2-1 setback at James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer action Friday at University Park.

The Dukes picked up their ninth win in 10 games as they improved to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in CAA play. The Seahawk, meanwhile, slipped to 7-8 and 2-3 as they suffered their sixth one-goal loss of the season.

“JMU put us under tremendous pressure in the first half and we felt fortunate to only be down one goal at the break,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “The second half was a much better effort by our team. We have a lot to be pleased with and were quite unlucky not to tie it up in final 15 minutes. We will bounce back and get ready for William and Mary on Sunday.” 

Guillou gave the Seahawks the early 1-0 advantage at the 2:50 mark, using a ball played by fellow sophomore Morgan Leyble to get behind the Dukes defense and beat sophomore keeper Ellen Forest in a 1-v-1 opportunity for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Junior Katie Hyland drew JMU level at 1-all less than 10 minutes after Guillou’s tally, taking a feed from freshman Allie Bunner and converting her own 1-v-1 opportunity in the 13th minute for her sixth goal of the campaign.  

Senior Lauren Wilson tallied the eventual game-winning goal at the 26:46 mark, putting home a feed from freshman Ashley Herndon for her third goal of the campaign. Junior Sam Lofton was also credited with an assist on the play.

 James Madison held a 22-9 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 12-4 margin in the first half. Both teams were awarded seven corner kicks during the match.  

Forrest was credited with one save in goal for the Dukes as she picked up her 12th victory of the season. Freshman Carolyn Huddy got the start in goal for the Seahawks and finished with a season-high nine saves.

Both teams return to action Sunday. UNCW travels to William & Mary for a 2 p.m. contest while James Madison hosts College of Charleston in a 1 p.m. start.