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Senior Spotlight: Ellie Schad and Philani Mlotshwa


Written by Katherine Clatterbuck

The Class of 2021 began their senior year with delayed sports seasons, strict practice regulations, and numerous safety procedures. Our bravely dedicated seniors are facing an unprecedented season, a challenge to be highlighted by showcasing their Roanoke College accomplishments. 

Philani Mlotshwa is a center midfielder for the Roanoke men’s soccer team. Mlotshwa commented on hyping up with worship music, namely music by Elevation Worship, and enjoying his pre-game meal, which consists of pasta with chicken and a smoothie. Mlotshwa chose Roanoke College athletics after sensing the “good family culture” within the team, led by the men’s soccer coach, Ryan Pflugrad. Being a member of the 2019-2020 men’s soccer team, which earned a spot in the NCAA DIII National Championship Tournament, Mlotshwa has experienced amazing accomplishments during his time at Roanoke. For Mlotshwa, being named the 2018 season MVP stands out as his greatest achievement. 

Ellie Schad, midfield and forward for the Roanoke women’s soccer team, led the team to a win against the Shenandoah Hornets in her 2019-2020 season, scoring the game-winning point in overtime. Schad’s pre-game rituals include a turkey sandwich and “Lalala” by Y2K and bbno$. Another highlight of Schad’s 2019-2020 season was the team’s victory over the Lynchburg Hornets, an achievement unaccomplished since 2007. When asked about her choice to attend Roanoke, Schad states, “I chose Roanoke College Athletics because the campus was stunning, the team was amazing, and the whole athletic department was incredibly welcoming.”

Mlotshwa and Schad are two of our amazing senior athletes here at Roanoke College. We wish them the best during this unprecedented semester in both their academic and athletic feats.