Shenandoah Tops Greensboro, Advances to Title Game

BURLINGTON, N.C. - Shenandoah will play for the 2012 USA South Conference championship after downing Greensboro, 15-7. in the tournament semifinals Friday afternoon.

Shenandoah (12-4) ties the school record for victories in a season with the win over Greensboro (5-9).

The Hornets will attempt to get the program record breaking victory in a 1:00 championship game Saturday against CNU.

Shenandoah fell 14-10 this past Saturday to the Captains in the only regular season meeting between the two teams.

Tomorrow's championship appearance is just the second in program history. In 2005, SU defeated Methodist for its first-ever title.

CNU has won all six league tournament titles since the Hornets 17-13 win over Methodist in the championship.

The Hornets opened that tourney with a 15-11 victory over CNU. This win also represents the last time SU has beaten the Captains.

On Friday, Shenandoah spotted the Pride a three-goal advantage before scoring three goals in the final 8:57 of the first to send the two teams into the break tied at 3-3.

Freshman Emily Kogler had the first goal, unassisted, before Amy Rollins tallied at 5:05 and 2:09 (the latter assisted by Alexis Landau) to bring the game back to level.

GC refused to fold its tents, scoring two of the first three goals in the second, but SU eventually wore the Pride out.

Samantha Sisson, who had a co-game-high four goals, gave the victors their first lead with an unassisted goal at 26:28.

Greensboro kept its deficit at no greater than two goals until SU pulled away with the final seven goals of the contest.

Sisson started this run with an unassisted goal at 7:07 and four additional women scored goals (with Rollins tallying twice and Sisson one more time) in the last 6:45.

SU outshot the Pride 30-23, had an 18-17 advantage in groundballs and won 16 of 24 draws.

Ashley Cross made eight saves.


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