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SU men's, women's cross country teams finish in top seven

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SALISBURY, Md. -- The Shenandoah University men's and women's cross country teams posted a pair of top seven finishes Saturday at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University.

The Hornet women finished sixth out of 16 teams with 168 points; Division II East Stroudsburg won the 6K race with 30. The SU men were seventh of 14 teams.

Shenandoah finished four points in front of league rival Christopher Newport in the women's race; today's competition was the first that SU and CNU have faced off in 6K race this season.

Fellow ranked schools Salisbury, Bridgewater, Washington & Lee and Virginia Wesleyan all finished in the Nos. 2 through 5 spots in the team competition, respectively.

Senior Amy Smith led the women with a 22:33, seventh place showing. Junior Roni Frye was 22nd (23:24), freshman Dorothy Earner 34th (23:56), junior Emily Hesse 40th (24:16) and sophomore Denise Mitchell 88th (26:41) to round out the women's scores.

On the men's side, sophomore Ryan Taylor had a 25:47 in the 8000 meter race that was good enough for a 23rd place finish.

Senior Josiah Renton was 34th (26:49), Tim Robinson 42nd (27:05), Jake Garcia 52nd (27:21) and Chris Clemons 54th with a 27:28 for the 167-point total that gave the Hornets a seventh place finish in the 14-team race.

Both teams are off next weekend and return to action on October 15 at home with the Hornet Harrier.

Men's soccer
WINCHESTER -- Visiting Methodist University scored one goal in each half Saturday morning to down Shenandoah University 2-0 in USA South Conference men's soccer action.

Kristoffe Govasmark scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Methodist (6-1-2, 1-0 USA South) in the first half before Eirik Nordseth tallied on a penalty kick in the second.

Govasmark ripped the game-winner from just outside the 18-yard box, one-timing an Eric McGinnis volley past SU keeper James Dutcher.

Nordseth converted the PK in the 60th minute after Shenandoah (1-7-1, 0-1) was called for a foul at the edge of the box. Nordseth beat Dutcher with a low shot into the left side of the goal.

MU, the No. 10 team in the South, outshot the Hornets 8-2 and had four of the game's five corner kicks.

Dutcher had two saves for the hosts.

Shenandoah is back in action on Thursday at home against future ODAC rival Bridgewater.

Women's soccer
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University earned an important USA South Conference women's soccer victory with a 3-1 home win over Methodist Saturday afternoon at rainy Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.

Shenandoah (6-4, 2-0 USA South) keeps its perfect conference record intact with the two-goal victory over the Monarchs (4-6-1, 1-1-1).

Junior Katie Cataldo scored the game-winner for SU in the 33rd minute when she headed home a Sarah Hensley corner.

The set-piece goal was the second of the contest for the Hornets.

In the 28th minute, Hensley set up sophomore Missy Volonino for the initial goal of the contest.

After Methodist tied it in much the same manner at 28:55, Cataldo headed home the game-winner into virtually an empty net to give SU a lead it would not relinquish.

With just over two minutes to play and MU playing a player down following a red card, senior Jessi Dennis set up sophomore Brittany Butcher with an insurance goal.

The shot was the 15th and final one of the contest for the hosts.

SU outshot the Monarchs 15-4 for the game and had seven of eight corners awarded.

Hornets keeper Kat Terza had to make just three saves.

Shenandoah hosts Greensboro on Sunday at 1 in another USA South Conference contest.

Field hockey
SALEM -- Roanoke College kept the Shenandoah University field hockey team winless in ODAC play with a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon.

Roanoke (3-6, 2-1 ODAC) scored in the 24th and 46th minutes to send Shenandoah (3-8, 0-3) down to its fifth straight loss.

The loss is the third straight one-goal ODAC defeat that the Hornets have suffered.

Junior Sarah DeLuca scored unassisted in the sixth minute to open the game for SU, but the Maroons had an answer.

Liannna Hachborn tallied off of a penalty corner to tie it before setting up Stacy Bechtel 10 minutes into the second half for the game-winner.

Shenandoah outshot its hosts 15-13 and also had a 12-10 advantage in penalty corners.

SU keeper Sarah Clare made nine saves.

The Hornets travel to Harrisonburg to take on Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday in another ODAC contest.


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