Raleigh, NC - After opening the 2014 soccer season with a home match on Thursday, Hollins went on the road for the first of two matches in the state of North Carolina. Hollins first stop was the state capital for a date with William Peace University on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon.
Playing with the minimum number of players and no bench for the second consecutive match, Hollins needed to get off to a quicker start offensively than they did against Ferrum on Thursday. However it was the home team that was able to gain the upper hand. The Pacers netted the games first goal at the 10 minute mark and added two more over the next seven minutes of play. Hollins began to show sings of weariness and struggled not only to get anything going on the offensive end of the field, but couldn't slow down the William Peace attack. By the time the halftime horn had sounded, the Pacers had attempted 38 shots.
After having a chance to catch their breath, Hollins settled down in the second half and was able to keep William Peace off the scoreboard throughout much of the first part of the second frame. The Pacers added three more goals in the games final 20 minutes to cruise to a 9-0 win in the battle of non-conference opponents.
For the second match in a row, keeper Megan McKee (Madison, AL) appeared to be under siege for much of the contest. William Peace sent 42 shots on the sophomore keeper and McKee was able to turn away 33 Pacer shots. Senior Bonnie Jo Blevins (Mars Hill, NC) left her defensive post to make two runs at the William Peace net only to be turned away on a pair of shots.
Amelia Melching sent 12 shots on the Hollins net en route to recording two goals and two assists. Katie Hodges and Jessica Littleton each added a pair of goals while Shannon Maddex and Andrees Enterline combined for the shut out in goal.
Hollins will wrap up their two game road trip with a match against North Carolina Wesleyan tomorrow afternoon.