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SU roundup: Yellow Jackets edge Hornets

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ASHLAND -- Shenandoah University's comeback fell just short in a 3-2 ODAC women's soccer loss at Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday afternoon.

Randolph-Macon (6-4, 5-1 ODAC) scored the first two goals of the game, but had to hold on as SU (4-7-1, 2-3-1) cut the deficit to one goal on two different occasions.

Freshman Catherine Major brought the Hornets to within one goal with her unassisted tally in the 53rd minute, and after the Yellow Jackets scored in the 58th, Major set up sophomore Courtney Boschert in the 87th minute to make the score 3-2.

Unfortunately for Shenandoah, Boschert's shot was the final one of the contest.

SU had plenty of chances to score earlier in the contest, outshooting R-MC 20-12, but Jackets keeper Briana Housekeeper made seven saves to help the hosts hold on for the win.

The two teams split 12 corners.

Hornets keeper Nichole Pratt had three saves.

Shenandoah hosts Emory and Henry on Saturday at 5 p.m., in another ODAC contest.

Men's soccer

Washington & Lee 4, Shenandoah 0

Visiting Washington and Lee University scored a pair of early goals on its way to a 4-0 ODAC men's soccer victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening.

The Generals (7-3, 4-1 ODAC) scored goals in the 15th and 18th minutes to take a lead they would not relinquish over the Hornets (2-9-1, 0-5).

The W&L defense was outstanding, holding SU to just four shots on the evening with two of those on-frame.

Washington & Lee pelted Shenandoah keeper James Dutcher with 24 shots, including 15 in the first half, with Dutcher making six saves.

The Generals also took 10 of the game's 12 corners.

Conor Starr, who had a game-high five points on two goals and one assist, had what proved to the game-winner in the 15th minute.

SU continues ODAC play on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m., contest against Hampden-Sydney.

Volleyball

Randolph-Macon 3, Shenandoah 0

Visiting Randolph-Macon College remained unbeaten in ODAC play with a 3-0 win over Shenandoah on Wednesday night.

The Yellow Jackets (13-2, 6-0 ODAC) were 25-18, 25-17 and 25-15 winners over the Hornets (8-9, 2-4 ODAC).

SU started strong in the opening set leading 4-1 and 9-7, but could not contain a strong Randolph-Macon performance from the service line. R-MC, which had 14 total aces for the match, posted five of those in the opening set.

Tori Puryear led the victors with nine kills, while Katie Rossberg added eight. Riley Martin and Bailey Troia led the team with 16 and 15 assists, respectively.

In the final set of the night, Shenandoah built an early 8-5 lead but watched the Jackets score 11 of the next 16 points to regain a 16-13 advantage. A Hornet timeout and back-to-back kills by Samantha Schambach was not enough as Randolph-Macon clinched the victory with a 9-0 run.

Schambach finished with seven kills for SU, with Mary Harshman adding six. Kelcy Brown had 15 assists, and Nicole Mueller and Megan Gillispie paced the defensive effort with 13 and 11 digs, respectively.

The Hornets, who have lost five straight, will look to get back into the win column by kicking off SU Homecoming Weekend with a 7 p.m., non-league match against Hood on Friday.


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