The American University field hockey team registered a 2-0 shutout of James Madison to pick up its first home win of the season on Friday afternoon.
"It was huge to get a win today, JMU's a very tough opponent for us and is a big rival that we play almost every year," said Head Coach Steve Jennings. "It's a great job for the team to not only have the win but the shutout, and I thought there were a number of really great performances."
James Madison (2-1) recorded the first shot of the day in the contest with Taylor West's shot being stopped by Ashley Dalisera. The Eagles took the 1-0 advantage in the 22nd minute on its first shot of the game. Shelly Montgomery sent a pass in front of the cage and Isabel Terwindt tapped it in from the left corner for the lead. American nearly added another two minutes later, but Lena Wimmert came up with the save on Natalie Konerth's attempt.
American (2-1) had an early opportunity in the second half with a penalty corner in the 38th minute. Carly Atchison sent it in but Montgomery's attempt was saved by Wimmert. The Dukes responded with one of its own two minutes later with Dalisera making the stop on the shot by Loes Stijntjes. American was able to convert in the 51st minute. A shot on the penalty corner by Montgomery was saved by Wimmert but Atchison was there for the rebound, sending it in for the 2-0 advantage.
James Madison was nearly able to get on the board when it was awarded a penalty stroke in the 60th minute. West took the shot and Dalisera came up with the stick save to preserve the two-goal advantage. The Dukes continued to press, but both of its final shots were stopped by Dalisera to secure her first shutout of the season.
Dalisera finished with seven saves, posting six in the second half. James Madison held a 9-8 edge in shots for the game and 6-4 advantage in penalty corners.
American returns to Jacobs Field on Sunday, September 8 at 11 a.m. to take on Longwood. The game will be broadcast live on Eagles Vision TV and you can follow all of the action by following AU_FieldHockey on Twitter.