SU roundup: Hornets open men’s soccer season with win

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s soccer team opened its 2015 season strong Tuesday afternoon, scoring two goals in each half of a 4-0 non-league victory over Wilson College.

Freshman Tylor Strozeski, playing in his first collegiate contest, made that debut special by tallying the opening goal of the contest in the 13th minute.

Sophomore Brian Maye set up what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Cody White had the first of his two goals of the day when he finished off a Strozeski feed a little more than two minutes before halftime.

After the two teams played the initial 34:47 of the second half without scoring, Nate Long and White tallied back-to-back goals in a span of 5:01 to put the game out of reach.

Loudon Phillips assisted on Long’s goal before Long set up White with the final goal of the day.

Mike Skirkanich and Matthew Poell each played 45 minutes to share the shutout.
SU is back in action on Saturday with a 2:30 game against former USA South Conference foe Ferrum.

Mary Washington blanks Hornets in women’s soccer
WINCHESTER – Visiting Mary Washington pulled away late in a 2-0 non-conference women’s soccer victory over Shenandoah Tuesday evening.

The Eagles (1-0) scored two goals in a span of just less than five minutes midway through the second half to dispatch the Hornets (0-1).

SU keeper Erin Septer was outstanding, making three saves, but UMW made the most of its five shots on the night.

Lauren Brower had the game-winner, scoring in the 57th minute, before Leah Roth added an insurance goal at 61:15.

Shenandoah took 13 of the game’s 18 shots with Jennifer Nguyen posting a game-high four.

Mary Washington held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

SU is on the road this weekend, playing Ursinus and host Rowan in the Profs Soccer Classic.

Hornets volleyball sweeps Hood College

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s volleyball team opened its 2015 season Tuesday night with a 3-0 sweep over Hood College.

The Hornets (1-0) won at 16, 20 and 15 over the Blazers (0-1).

SU led throughout the opening set but needed a rally in the second to complete the sweep.

Trailing 17-15, the Hornets scored seven of the next eight points of the set to lead 22-18.

Hood was able to cut the deficit to three, 23-20, before Jasmine Callahan closed it out with a pair of service aces.

The final set was over virtually before it started as SU jumped out a 10-2 lead before cruising home to the 10-point win.

Elizabeth Lamont, Rachel Roberts and Allie Pieper all had seven kills for the victors with Danyelle McGrady adding five.

Callahan had a match-high 14 assists.

Shenandoah is back in action this weekend at the Averett University Tournament.

Cross country opens at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their respective seasons Tuesday with a pair of second place finishes at the Bridgewater Invitational.

The women had 39 points to finish second to Eastern Mennonite’s 19 points while the SU men had 44 points, finishing second to EMU as well.

Both races were 4,828 meters.

Shelby Shrader and Sarah Mann went 4-5 for the women with Shrader posting a 20:38 and Mann a 21:03.

Alexandria Caljean was eighth at 22:24 and Kayla McGhee 10th with a 22:38.
The Hornet men went 6-7-8 with Matthew Horton, Justin Mehrer and Ray Parsons all recording a 17:31.

Winston Davis, Bradley Zartman and Zachary Barton backed up the top three by finishing 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday at the Salisbury Sea Gull Opener.