SEATTLE – Jessie Ray scored in overtime to lift Seattle University women’s soccer to a 3-2 win over James Madison on a rain-filled Thursday night at Championship Field. Bailey Hall and Lauren Brown both scored and later assisted on Ray’s game-winner.
“I continue to be very pleased with the fact that the team keeps improving every game,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “Kelsey Crosby and Michele Adam played very well tonight and gave us a spark. I was very happy to see Jessie score the game-winner; she comes up big when we need her to. Overall, it was a great team effort and we competed well against a very good JMU team.”
SU scored twice in the first 6:01 of play, but the visitors tied the game early in the second half. Both sides had opportunities to strike for a go-ahead goal, but terrific saves by SU’s Madison Waguespack and JMU’s Hannah McShea kept the match level after 90 minutes.
In the 97th minute, Mikaela Morey sent a long ball ahead down the right side to Hall, who headed the pass to the top corner of the box. Brown flicked a lob over her defender and Ray sprinted in to redirect the ball past McShea for the game-winning score.
The goal is Seattle U’s first OT winner since Brie Hooks scored to win at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 9, 2016. It marks the first golden goal by a Redhawk at Championship Field since Karli White’s score to top Oregon on Aug. 23, 2015.
To start action, Ray dribbled down the middle and passed ahead to the right, where Hall beat her defender and shot to score the game’s first goal just 48 seconds in. The Dukes answered with a goal at the 2:40 mark to tie the contest, but Hall was ready with an reply. In the seventh minute, Hall made a steal on the offensive right and struck a hard ball across the top of the box to Brown, who dribbled around her defender and scored for a 2-1 advantage.
JMU evened the match in the 50th minute, setting the scene for Ray’s winner over 45 minutes later.
Seattle U welcomes Portland State for a non-conference contest on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m.