Roanoke, VA - The annual soccer battle with arch rival Sweet Briar College was help on an overcast Saturday afternoon. The matchup was the ODAC opener for two teams that have experienced much different starts to their seasons. Hollins came in looking for their first win of the season while the Vixens had yet to taste defeat in three matches.
Hollins found themselves in a hole before the match even started as the young team came into the match with significant injuries hampering their lineup. Sweet Briar wasted no time in gaining the upper hand against their foe by scoring three goals in the matches first five minutes. The Vixens continued to apply the pressure and as the match neared the break, Sweet Briar enjoyed a comfortable, 7-0, lead. After one more goal, Hollins found themselves down at halftime. During the second stanza, Hollins continued to fight but it was just too much of a hill to climb as Sweet Briar ran their early season record to 4-0.
Making her first collegiate start in goal, Audrey Haisley (Ashburn, VA) did a solid job in net. Haisley faced 27 shots on goal and recorded 18 saves in her debut. The Hollins offense found it tough sledding all afternoon as Christina Havrila (Ruckersville, VA) and Bonnie Jo Blevins (Mars Hill, NC) led Hollins in shots.
Emily Welch scored a pair of goals and handed out an assist to lead a balanced Sweet Briar attack. Eight different Vixens found the back of the net and Katie Tillson went the distance in net to pick up the win.
Hollins will have a short turnaround as they head out on the road tomorrow for a match with Mary Baldwin College.