Redshirt senior Kelly Germain (McLean, Va./Langley) scored 3:20 into overtime to lift the James Madison women's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime win over Marshall in the Dukes' season-opening game Sunday night at University Park.
In the first regular-season game played at JMU's new athletic and recreation complex, JMU coach Dave Lombardo collected his 350th career victory, increasing his 30-year career record to 350-205-40. The only coach in the 23-year history of the JMU soccer program, Lombardo has a record of 272-170-32 with the Dukes. Lombardo ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches in coaching victories.
The winning play began when junior Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown) sent a ball from the left corner of the field across the mouth of the goal. Germain redirected the ball into the right corner of the goal from close range.
"It's really special," Lombardo said of his career milestone. "I just love every moment of what I'm doing here. To have this kind of facility and this kind of opportunity to coach at this level… I'm just happy to be part of all this success at JMU."
University Park is "a beautiful facility," Lombardo said. "It's immaculate in terms of how all the things are set up. It makes (our players) feel special. This really has a strong Division I feel to it. Everything is nicely done, nicely appointed, (and) the quality of it is just top-shelf.""
Germain and Wilson also teamed up for JMU's first goal, which gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute of play. Germain set up the goal with long pass from behind the midfield line. Wilson dribbled into box and beat senior goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns (Hurricane, W.Va./Nitro) with an 8-yard shot from the middle of box to the right corner of the goal.
Less than 10 minutes later, Marshall tied the game on a corner-kick play. Senior Chelsey Maiden (Vienna, W.Va./Parkersburg) took the corner and sent a short pass to freshman Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa./Boyertown Area). Dubs served the ball to the left corner of the box, where senior Robin Waskowski (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) knocked the ball into the net from a yard out.
JMU out-shot Marshall 19-10. JMU redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kate Courter (Lincoln Park, N.J./Immaculate Heart) finished with five saves, and Marshall's Kerns stopped eight shots.