SU roundup: Hornets snap losing skid in field hockey
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WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University field hockey team snapped a three-match losing streak Sunday with a 2-0 non-league home win over Washington & Jefferson.
Sophomore Kelani Bailey scored both goals for the Hornets (4-4) in the win over W&J (6-3).
Bailey scored unassisted in the 12th minute, finally poking home a rebound after twice being denied by Presidents goalkeeper Morgan Brozena.
In the 40th minute, Bailey took a feed from Presha Merritt and blasted home an insurance goal from just inside the circle.
Merritt had received a penalty corner insertion from Sarah Brock at the top of the circle and found Bailey on the wing for the goal.
Shenandoah goalkeeper Sarah Clare was outstanding in posting the shutout – four of her six saves came in the first half.
SU outshot its visitors 16-10 and took 10 of the game’s 15 penalty corners.
The Hornets host Dickinson on Tuesday night at 7 in another non-league contest.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Cairn University dealt Shenandoah University its third straight one-goal men’s soccer defeat with a 1-0 home non-league victory Saturday afternoon.
Cairn (4-3) scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute to down Shenandoah (0-8).
The game-winning goal was scored off of a free kick.
SU keeper Rodrigo Casteriana had two saves in the losing effort.
The Hornets outshot their hosts 8-7 while the Highlanders had an 8-2 advantage in corners.
Shenandoah is off until next Saturday when it travels to ODAC foe Hampden-Sydney for a 7 p.m. contest.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Shenandoah University women’s volleyball team completed its non-conference tri-match Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to Susquehanna.
Susquehanna (13-2) was victorious at 20, 17, and 12 over the Hornets (6-8).
The two teams battled back and forth in the opening set, with eight ties and three lead changes, before the Crusaders pulled away.
The second brought more of the same, with five ties, but once Susquehanna took the lead in this set, it never looked back.
This momentum carried over to the third as the Crusaders controlled the set virtually from the outset.
Junior Rachel Gross paced Shenandoah with seven kills while freshman Rachel Roberts added five.
Taylor Anderson had 13 digs and Jasmine Callahan 11 to lead the defense.
The Hornets return to ODAC play with a Tuesday match at Hollins.
EMORY – The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team extended its ODAC unbeaten streak to three matches with a 0-0 double overtime tie with Emory & Henry Saturday afternoon.
Shenandoah (4-4-1, 2-0-1 ODAC) peppered the Wasps (1-7-1, 1-1-1) with 19 shots, including 11 on frame, but could not find the back of the net.
E&H keeper Sarah Jerome made those 11 saves in the driving rainstorm to preserve the result for her side.
SU keeper Erin Septer was forced to make just three saves.
The Hornets also took nine of the game’s 11 corner kicks.
Shenandoah is off until making another trip down I-81 next Saturday for a 2:30 ODAC game at Roanoke.
ELKTON – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s cross country teams each posted a seventh place finish Saturday at the Shenandoah Valley Invitational hosted by fellow ODAC schools Eastern Mennonite and Bridgewater.
SU was one of eight DIII schools to run in the inaugural event at Elk Run Trails just outside of Harrisonburg.
The women competed in a 5000 meter event with the men running a four-miler.
Junior Dorothy Earner paced SU in the women’s event, posting a 21:14.90 to finish 27th overall.
Liz Paras and Nicole Legare came next, finishing tied for 31st at 21.25.90.
Emily Cobb was 41st to round out the round out the Hornets scoring runners.
Co-host Bridgewater won the women’s event.
In the men’s race, Ryan Taylor had a 23:41.30, 41st place finish to lead the squad.
Matthew Gussiaas was tied for 48th, Kyle Lombardi 53rd, Denzel White 55th and Donald Shubrooks 56th to complete the men’s qualifiers. Lombardi, White and Shubrooks all finished within 24 seconds of one another.
The Virginia Tech club team won the men’s event with Washington and Lee second and Bridgewater third.
Shenandoah is back in action next weekend at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University.