Roanoke, VA - The Hollins soccer team wrapped up a three game home stand on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon. Guilford College was the opponent as Hollins looked to pick up their first conference victory over the winless Quakers.
The matchup started with the visitors from North Carolina controlling the action in the Hollins zone. As has been the story throughout much of the season, Hollins was unable to garner much time on their opponents side of the field. The game's first goal was an unusual one. The Guilford winger sent the ball towards the Hollins net but an eager defender blocked the shot. However the ball was deflected just out of the reach of the Hollins net minder and onto the foot of an open Guilford attacker. The Quakers netted the goal and took an early 1-0 lead. After the early goal, neither team was able to take advantage of their opportunities as the half started to come to a close. A late flurry of activity by the visitors allowed Guilford to capitalize on a weary Hollins defense as they added to their lead and took a 3-0 cushion into the half. The Quakers found their rhythm and opened the second half by scoring four unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of action. Hollins had a couple of chances during the second half but couldn't crack the last line of the Guilford defense and were kept off the scoreboard. A late Guilford goal made the final score 8-0 and allowed the Quakers to notch their first ODAC win of the season.
Reigning Hollins Student Athlete of the Week Megan McKee (Madison, AL) did her best to keep the visitors off the board by recording 22 stops. The sophomore now has 159 saves on the season and is closing in on the top spot in the nation. Senior Bonnie Jo Blevins (Mars Hill, NC) was all over the field, jumping up from her defensive position to help lead a couple of offensive rushes into Guilford territory.
Seven different Quakers recorded goals, led by Nicki Baggett and her two tallies. Cassie Vaughn, Morgan Henderson, and Truman Sherwood each added a goal and an assist. Caitlyn Young was untested in goal and picked up her first win and shutout of the season.
Hollins will head back out on the road this weekend when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a noon start on Saturday.