SU roundup: Marlins strike winner on corner kick
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WINCHESTER — Visiting Virginia Wesleyan made the most of its singular significant offensive chance in a 1-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference women’s soccer victory over Shenandoah on Friday night.
Awarded its lone corner kick of the contest in the 54th minute, Virginia Wesleyan (9-4-2, 6-3 ODAC) switched the field to get an opening, where Kristen Cherry found Jasmine Dao in the middle of the pitch for the only goal of the contest.
Shenandoah (8-6-1, 6-2-1) pelted the Marlins’ net with nine shots and won 10 corners on the night, but could not find the back of the Virginia Wesleyan net.
SU had its best chance in the middle of the first half as senior Jenna Kline had a shot right from the doorstep following a corner, but Marlins defender Allie Ketzler was able to clear the ball off the line to keep the game scoreless.
Following the Virginia Wesleyan goal, Shenandoah forced Marlins keeper Megan Gerhart to make four of her six saves and had three corner kicks, but was turned back on each occasion.
SU had a 9-6 advantage in shots and keeper Erin Septer made three saves.
The Hornets take to the road on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. ODAC contest at Washington and Lee.
BRIDGEWATER — Host Bridgewater College prevented Shenandoah from furthering its ODAC Volleyball Tournament hopes by sweeping the Hornets 3-0 Friday night at Nininger Hall.
The Eagles (14-14, 3-6 ODAC) won at 12, 17, and 14 over the Hornets (10-14, 2-6) to take over eighth place in the league standings in the process.
The top eight teams in the league make the post-season tournament with head-to-head results used as the primary tiebreaker.
Shenandoah had its best chance for victory in the second set as the squad found itself locked in a 10-10 tie following a BC attack error.
The Eagles took a timeout and this point and it worked – Bridgewater reeled off 10 of the next 13 points to take a 20-13 lead before eventually winning 25-17.
The hosts never trailed in the third and coasted home to the victory after jumping out to a 10-2 lead.
Junior Rachel Gross paced SU with six kills, while Haley Smith had four and Samantha Schambach and Allie Pieper three each.
Sophomore Taylor Anderson led the defense with 14 digs and Jasmine Callahan had 16 assists.
Shenandoah is right back in action Saturday in an 11 a.m. ODAC match at Eastern Mennonite.