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SU roundup: Hornets add 12 for women's soccer

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Shenandoah University women's soccer coach Elizabeth Pike announced her 2012 incoming class Thursday morning.

Pike, who is entering her sixth season as the Hornets' head coach, welcomes 12 new players into her program for the 2012 season.

Shenandoah is coming off of a 15-7-1 campaign that saw the team win its first USA South Conference championship and make an appearance in the NCAA playoffs.

SU joins the ODAC this fall and has three league opponents: Virginia Wesleyan, Lynchburg and Roanoke, that also appeared in the NCAA championships last fall.

In addition to the 12 newcomers, Pike has 17 returnees. Included in this group are juniors Hannah Oakes and Jenna Kline, who both earned All-USA South and USA South All-Tournament honors last fall.

Eleven of the 12 newcomers are freshmen, with sophomore transfer Kelli Kitchens rounding out the group. Kitchens was the leading scorer for fellow ODAC member Hollins University last season.

The recruiting class represents five states: Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Six of the women hail from Virginia with two from Maryland, two from New Jersey and one each from New York and Pennsylvania.

Two women: Danielle Burris and Nicole Pratt, earned All-State accolades during their high school careers.

"I am very excited to bring in such a talented group of student-athletes," Pike said. "The ODAC is an excellent league and they need to be ready to compete right away.

"We have a number of positions, most of all goalkeeper, that these newcomers will have a chance to come in and earn a starting position right from the start."

Kat Terza, four-year starter at goalkeeper and her backup, Brooke Strickler, both graduated this past spring.

Shenandoah opens the 2012 season on Aug. 31 at the Kean University Tournament.

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