SU roundup: Hornets earn first soccer win of season

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WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University earned its first-ever women’s soccer victory over Mary Washington Friday night with a 2-1 non-league home victory.

Shenandoah (1-0) saw the Eagles (0-1) take the early lead on a Lizzie Weast goal at the 27-minute mark, but the Hornets rallied.

Sophomore Danielle Burris brought it back to even at 40:03 after taking a service from freshman Kelsie Luddington and hitting an absolutely perfect shot from 20-yards away.

Dribbling down the left side, Burris crossed into the 18-yard box and lofted a bender over the head of UMW keeper Alyssa Goodwin and just inside the right post.

Just less the five minutes into the second half, Burris hit the game-winner by finishing off an Ellen Strom feed.

This tally again traveled across the entire face of the goal before going in.

Freshman goalkeeper Erin Septer had to make just one save in posting the victory in her first-ever collegiate contest.

Shenandoah outshot the Eagles 11-6, including 7-3 in the first half, and took five of the game’s six corner kicks.

SU hosts Marymount on Sunday at 11 a.m.

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Shenandoah University volleyball team had a solid start to the 2013 season Friday by sweeping a pair of matches at the Gettysburg Battlefield Classic.

Shenandoah (2-0) opened with a 3-0 victory over Penn State – Harrisburg before dispatching Dickinson 3-1 in the second match of the evening.

SU won at 14, 20 and 20 in that opening match.

Against the Red Devils, the Hornets built a 2-0 lead with wins at 21 and 19 in the first two sets before DC cut its deficit in half by winning 29-27 in the third.

Coach Jaime Terenzi’s team then won at 17 in the fourth to clinch the victory.

Junior Rachel Gross paced Shenandoah in the opening match with nine kills while Jasmine Callahan added five and four others: Haley Smith, Blake Parkes, Ashleigh Tanis and Allie Pieper had three each.

Callahan had a team-high 21 assists while senior Katy Griffith and sophomore Taylor Anderson each posted nine digs.

Gross again was the story in the nightcap, recording a team-high 12 kills with Callahan adding 11 to go along with 22 assists.

Anderson had 30 digs, Samantha Schambach 17 and Parkes 12 to lead the defense.

SU plays Stevenson and Mount St. Mary on Saturday in the final day of competition.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University men’s soccer team saw its bid for a season-opening victory cut short Friday evening with a 2-1 double overtime loss to Washington (Md.).

Sam Wild scored the game-winner for the Shoremen (1-0) in the 104th minute, collecting a loose ball in front of SU goalkeeper Rodrigo Casteriana and knocking the golden goal into the far panel.

Casteriana had no chance on the game-winner, and the Hornets (1-1) found themselves in the OT battle largely thanks to his performance.

Casteriana, a local product out of Sherando H.S., had seven saves in his first collegiate contest.

Two of those, both in the first half, were stellar.

After WC had taken the early lead on a goal in the 12th minute, Shenandoah brought the game back to level in the 60th minute when freshman Tommy Scott back-heeled an Eduardo Santiago service past Shoremen keeper David Myers.

Scott’s shot on goal was one of just four for SU on the evening.

Washington peppered Casteriana with 14 shots and had eight of the game’s nine corners.

The men travel to Goucher on Sunday for another non-league match.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University field hockey team opened the Ashley Smeltzer era in style Friday afternoon with a 7-0 non-league victory over Wilson College.

SU (1-0) scored a pair of first half goals and then got two tallies 59 seconds apart early in the second to clinch the victory over the Phoenix (0-1).

Junior Ashley Cross got the hosts started in the 10th minute with an unassisted goal. The Agawam, Mass. native did all of the work herself, intercepting a pass 20 yards from goal and finding herself one-on-one with the keeper, slid it past Gina Weigold for the opening tally of the season.

In the 22nd minute, senior Liz Grover gave the Hornets some breathing room by converting a Kelani Bailey pass from right on the doorstep.

Junior Sarah Wohld and sophomore Presha Merritt then made the final 22 minutes academic with those two quick goals in the 48th and 49th minutes.

Wohld completed a scrum right in front of the WC goal while Merritt ripped her shot from seven yards out.

Sophomore Lauren Kesler, freshman Taylor Little and sophomore Lauren Mills, the last off of a Sarah Brock assist, had the remaining tallies.

Senior goalkeeper Sarah Clare had to make just one save just more than 63 minutes of action to earn the win.

Shenandoah took all but two of the game’s 28 shots.

The squad is back in action on Tuesday with a non-league contest at Hood.