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SU roundup: Hornets earn first women's soccer win

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Shenandoah University earned its first women's soccer victory of the 2012 season Tuesday night with a 3-0 non-league home shutout over the Catholic University of America.

Shenandoah (1-2) took a lead it would not relinquish by scoring what is believed to be the fastest goal in program history.

Just 22 seconds in, senior Katie Cataldo corralled a through pass and was able to bear down on Cardinals keeper Lexi Halperin and unleash a 10-yard shot.

Halperin got a hand on the shot, but freshman Kati Richardson ran on to the deflection and knocked it home for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

In the 39th minute, senior Sarah Hensley made a great individual play to produce the second goal. Running down the same sideline that produced the opening goal, Hensley threaded a perfect pass into the middle of the pitch for junior Missy Volonino, who easily redirected in from the doorstep.

Sophomore Kelli Kitchens closed the book on the evening's scoring by finishing off a Danielle Burris cross with just over 30 minutes to play.

SU outshot CUA (0-2) 11-1, but the Cardinals had a 6-1 advantage in corners.

Shenandoah keeper Nichole Pratt made one save to post her first career shutout.

The Hornets are back in action on Saturday at Salisbury.


Shenandoah 3, Penn State-Altoona 2

Shenandoah kept its volleyball record perfect on the season with a 3-2 victory over host Penn State - Altoona Tuesday evening.

The Hornets were 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13 winners over the Lions.

Senior Mary Harshman paced SU with 11 kills while freshman Blake Parkes added nine and both Haley Smith and Samantha Schambach eight.

Senior Kelcy Brown had a match-high 30 assists to move within eight assists of tying the school career record. Brown now has 2,048 assists in 354 sets.

Parkes backed up Brown with 15 assists.

Sophomore Nicole Mueller and Harshman led the defense with 15 and 11 digs, respectively.

Senior Megan Gillispie had a solid all-around match with six kills, six service aces and nine digs.

Shenandoah is opens up its home slate on Thursday night at 7 p.m., against former USA South foe Mary Baldwin.

Field hockey

Shenandoah 4, Hood 1

The Shenandoah field hockey earned its second straight victory Tuesday afternoon with a 4-1 non-league home win over Hood College.

Shenandoah (2-1) wasted little time in jumping on the Blazers (1-1), scoring a goal just 80 seconds in.

Awarded a penalty corner, freshman Alexandra Darrow inserted the ball at the top of the circle to senior Amber VanHorn, who ripped her shot to the near side past Hood keeper Jamie Wingo.

Darrow set up what proved to be the game-winner as well, feeding senior Sarah DeLuca right on the doorstep in the 28th minute.

Darrow and Hannah Johnson both scored unassisted in a 30-second span midway through the second half before Hood finally got on the board thanks to a penalty stroke with 15 seconds remaining.

SU outshot the Blazers 12-4 and had a 9-5 advantage in penalty corners.

Sarah Clare had all three of her saves in the second half.

The Hornets host Frostburg State on Thursday.


Erdman garners D3football.com honor

Shenandoah senior Nick Erdman has been named to the week one D3football.com Team of the Week in selections announced late Monday night by the website.

Erdman, playing his first game as a defensive tackle after moving from defensive end, had a total of five tackles in the Hornets 26-16 victory over Stevenson Monday night.

Erdman had a sack, the squad's only one of the game, and also blocked an extra point to highlight his evening.

This is Erdman's first D3football.com honor.

Shenandoah opens up its home slate Saturday night with a 7 p.m. contest against former USA South Conference foe Ferrum College.

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