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SU roundup: Hornets clinch women's soccer tourney berth

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Shenandoah University officially clinched a berth into the ODAC women's soccer tournament with a 6-0 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (7-9-1, 5-4-1 ODAC) scored just six minutes in to provide all of the offense it would need against the Royals (3-11-1, 0-9-1).

With two games remaining in the league slate, SU holds a two-game lead over Randolph as well as Emory and Henry while holding the tiebreaker over both.

The Hornets are virtually guaranteed to finish in seventh place and wiill play the No. 2 seed (most likely Washington and Lee) in the quarterfinal round of the ODAC tourney on October 27.

The winner of that contest will face the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 contest in the semi-finals.

In addition to senior Stormie Malik's goal in the sixth minute, SU tallied in the 39th, 44th and 45th minutes to take a 4-0 lead into the halftime break.

Coach Liz Pike's club then scored a pair of goals in a span of 3:43 early in the second half to provide the final margin of victory.

Freshman Kati Richardson paced the victors with two goals with Malik getting a goal and an assist.

SU outshot EMU 36-2 and took all seven of the game's corners.

Keepers Nicole Gilbertson and Nichole Pratt had one save each to share the shutout.

Shenandoah is at Lynchburg on Saturday in a 2:00 ODAC contest.

Visiting Bridgewater College kept pace at the top of the ODAC volleyball race with a 3-1 win over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening.

Playing in its annual Dig Pink game, Shenandoah (10-11, 2-6 ODAC) saw Bridgewater (15-11, 7-1) take a 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17 victory over the Hornets.

The Eagles were dominant in the opening set, hitting .367 with 15 kills in 30 attempts against just four errors.

BC led throughout the set after taking control with a 10-1 lead that turned a 10-10 tie into a 20-11 lead for the visitors.

SU answered back in the second, leading most of the way including by four points at 22-18. The Eagles stormed back, tying it at 23-23, before Chantelle Phung and Megan Gillispie had kills to clinch it for the Hornets.

Bridgewater led throughout the third and fourth sets to take the match.

Samantha Schambach had a team-high nine kills for the hosts with Gillispie and Blake Parkes both adding six.

Parkes had 14 assists and Kelcy Brown 13 in support of the offense.

Mary Harshman and Nicole Mueller paced the defense with nine digs each.

Shenandoah is on the road this weekend with ODAC matches at Hollins on Friday and Roanoke on Saturday.

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