On Campus: Stonewall trio having men’s soccer success

Three Stonewall Jackson graduates are making impacts on two college soccer teams.

Eastern Mennonite University’s Juan Luna (Stonewall Jackson ’13), Ferrum College’s Roberto Cardoso Jr. (Stonewall Jackson ’14) and Jonas Jacuinde (Stonewall Jackson ’14) are having strong college men’s soccer seasons.

Luna has started 14 of EMU’s 15 contests. The junior midfielder has two of the team’s seven goals, and also has two assists. He leads the team with six points, and has taken 40 shots, including 14 shots on goal.

On Oct. 2, Luna had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Roanoke College. Luna scored the goal late in the first half.

He also had an assist in a 1-1 tie with Shenandoah University on Oct. 7. EMU’s Seth Suttles scored on Luna’s assist to tie the game in the second half.

The Royals are 3-10-2 on the season, including 1-4-2 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. They host Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Cardoso has played in 13 games this season, including four starts for Ferrum. The sophomore forward has one assist and one point with 12 shots total and four shots on goal. Cardoso had an assist in a 3-2 loss to Roanoke College on Sept. 1.

Jacuinde has played in all 15 games for the Panthers and has started 13 of them. The sophomore midfielder has six shots and four shots on goal.

The Panthers are 4-11 overall and 2-6 in the USA South Athletic Conference. Ferrum hosts Piedmont College on Oct. 23.

Eastern Mennonite and Ferrum played each other on Sept. 12 with Eastern Mennonite winning, 1-0.

NATIONAL POWER: Auburn University’s equestrian team is ranked No. 2 in the country, and Hannah Stephens (Central ’13) has played a big part in the team’s success.

The team is 3-0, and two of the wins were against top-ranked teams. On Oct. 9, Auburn knocked off South Carolina, 14-6. The Tigers were then ranked fourth in the country, while South Carolina was ranked second.

Stephens earned a point for the Tigers with a 74.5-72 win over South Carolina’s Madison Thiel in the horsemanship competition.

On Oct. 17, Stephens scored another point in the horsemanship competition during a 14-5 victory over No. 5 ranked Oklahoma State University. The junior defeated Oklahoma State’s Miranda Reed, 74.5-73. For the season, Stephens is 2-1.

The Tigers are off until Nov. 6 when they travel to take on Texas A&M at noon.

FRESHMAN FORCE: Jacob Smith (Strasburg ’15) is having a strong freshman golf season for U.Va-Wise.

Smith helped lead the Cavaliers to a 10th-place finish in the three-day Mountain East Conference tournament on Oct. 12-15 in Daniels, West Virginia.

Shepherd University won the tournament with a score of 911. The Cavaliers finished with a score of 985. Smith finished with a three-day total of 247 and finished tied for 38th overall. He finished tied for second on the team, and shot a 78 on the final day of the tournament. He shot an 89 and an 80 on the first two days.

On Oct. 4-6, in the Mountain East Fall Invitational in Charleston, West Virginia, Smith had a two-day total of 171. Smith finished tied for 51st, and the Cavaliers finished in a tie for eighth place with a score of 652 in the tournament held at Berry Hills Country Club. The University of Charleston won the tournament with a score of 595.

Smith also placed 43rd in a rain-shortened 2015 King University Invitational on Sept. 29 in Bristol, Tennessee. Smith shot an 80, and the Cavaliers placed ninth with a team score of 310.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com