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Shenandoah roundup: Conference announcement planned for today

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WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host a press conference today to make an announcement concerning its conference affiliation.

The press conference will be held at 3 p.m. in the Ferrari Room of Brandt Student Center and the public is invited to the event.

Women's soccer
Eastern Mennonite 2, Shenandoah 0
HARRISONBURG -- Shenandoah outshot host Eastern Mennonite Tuesday night in non-league women's soccer action, but the Royals made the most of their opportunities in a 2-0 victory.

After the two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the opening 45 minutes, EMU (2-6-1) struck twice midway through the second half to down the Hornets (3-4-3).
Melissa Miller what proved to be the game-winner for the Royals with a goal at 55:50 before Taylor Wenger tallied an insurance goal at 67:08.

Shenandoah outshot Eastern Mennonite 15-12, including 12-5 in the first half, and also had all six of the corner kicks awarded, but could not find the back of the net.
EMU keeper Abby Diffenbach had six saves to seven for the Hornets' Kat Terza.

SU returns to USA South Conference play on Saturday at home against Meredith. Please note the new kickoff time of 1 p.m. for this contest.
Sunday's game against Peace remains a 2 p.m. start.

Men's soccer
Hood 2, Shenandoah 1, OT

FREDERICK, Md. -- Host Hood College handed the Shenandoah its second overtime defeat in the past four outings with a 2-1 non-league victory Tuesday afternoon.
The Blazers (4-5) got a Chris Mendez golden goal in the 99th minute to dispatch SU (3-5-1).

Mendez' goal came via penalty kick and thus marks the second time this season that the Hornets have dropped a one-goal decision via PK.

Roanoke defeated Shenandoah 1-0 on a 87th minute PK on Sept. 3, while Stevenson downed the Hornets 2-1 in overtime two weeks ago.

The golden goal was Mendez' second tally of the contest. In the 65th minute, he brought the contest back to level with his goal off of a Jaime Ramirez assist.

SU had taken the early lead with a Kevin Kupris goal in the 23rd minute. Kupris' goal, his third of the season, came off a Carlos Ramos feed.

Shenandoah outshot its hosts 17-12, including 10-5 in the second half, and won four of the game's six corners.

Adrian Acosta had three saves.

The Hornets open USA South Conference play Saturday at Methodist. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Christopher Newport 3-3, Shenandoah 0-0

NEWPORT NEWS -- Nationally-ranked Christopher Newport University swept a pair of USA South Conference volleyball matches from visiting Shenandoah Tuesday evening.

Sixth-ranked CNU (16-1, 9-0 USA South) took the two matches from Shenandoah (8-7, 2-6) by identical 3-0 scores.

The Captains won the second match at 13, 21 and 11 after finishing off the first at 9, 16 and 14.

Junior Rachel Maki had a team-high seven kills in the second match, with freshman Haley Smith adding three.

Kelcy Brown had nine assists and sophomore Mary Harshman paced the defensive effort with nine digs.

In the opener, Maki was again the story on offense by posting eight kills.

Harshman opened the evening by recording 10 digs in that opening match.

Shenandoah plays its third USA South Conference tri-match of the season on Saturday at N.C. Wesleyan. SU faces Peace in addition to the host Lady Bishops.

Women's cross country
Hornets still No. 7 in region

NEW ORLEANS -- Shenandoah maintains its No. 7 women's cross country regional ranking for the third straight week in the week three poll released Tuesday by the USTFCCCA.

Shenandoah, which was off this past weekend after finishing 12th two weeks ago at the Dickinson College Long/Short Invitational, has been ranked seventh in all three regular-season polls as well as the pre-season poll this fall.

The Hornets have now been ranked for 10 consecutive polls.
For the second consecutive week, all 10 teams in this week's poll also appeared in last week's edition. Spots 1-7 are unchanged; Emory (Ga.) is the region's top team for the third week in a row.

The only change in the poll comes in the bottom three spots, where Nos. 9 and 10 Catholic and Centre (Ky.) move up one spot each and bump Mary Washington from No. 8 to No. 10.

Shenandoah is back in action this weekend at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University.

Hampden-Sydney Invitational

FARMVILLE -- Shenandoah improved its performance by 23 strokes and one place Monday afternoon on the final day of the Hampden-Sydney Golf Invitational.

A day after shooting 346 over the par-72, 7214-yard The Manor golf course just outside of Farmville, Shenandoah improved 23 shots to a collective 323.

In 11th place following round one, the 23-shot improvement was enough for the Hornets to best Roanoke College by one stroke with a 669 total.

RC shot 338 on day two to finish 51 shots in front of 12th place Virginia Wesleyan.
SU finished nine strokes behind fellow USA South school Ferrum in ninth.

Junior Derek Snarr, who had a team-best 82 on Monday, posted a four-over-par 76 Tuesday to win team medalist honors with a 158. He was tied for 25th overall.
Freshmen John Judy and Zach Ramey backed Snarr up by both shooting 79 Tuesday afternoon and sophomore David Rynecki completed the team's qualifying scores with an 89.

Shenandoah is back in action this coming weekend at the Ted Keller Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon at Hunting Hawk Golf Course.

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