By Rachel Levy, Sports Editor
The Hornets women’s soccer team is having a breakout season this fall, with head coach Elizabeth Pike leading her team to the top of the conference as the ladies head into postseason.
The women have a 13-5 record this season with a 7-2 conference record. They were holding the top spot in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) until their Senior Day loss to Bridgewater on Oct. 26. Despite this loss, that brought them to number three out of 11 in the ODAC, freshman sports management major, Emily Yergin, said their record was “a pretty great accomplishment.”
Pike said she would “be thrilled to earn number one” at the end of the season.
“It is exciting to know there is a chance of going far,” said Becky Collimore, a sophomore exercise science major. “Everyone came prepared from summer and followed the workout packet.”
The girls have had a lot of successful moments this year. Yergin had three consecutive ODAC Player of the Week recognitions, and the team also had a big win against number one seed, Washington & Lee. Midway through the season, they went on a seven-game win streak that included many shut outs.
Yergin said that their coach has had a big impact on their success.
“Pike is the toughest coach at Shenandoah and pushes you past what you think you can do,” she said.
Women’s soccer played their last regular season game Oct. 29 against Virginia Wesleyan College, with a 0-1 loss.