Roanoke, VA - The 2014 Hollins soccer team took the field for the first time on an overcast and muggy Thursday afternoon. It marked the debut of new head coach Robin Ramirez and his young squad. Ferrum College was the first opponent for Hollins as they embarked on a new chapter in the programs history.
The match with the Panthers started with a lot of promise and optimism. However, the mood was quickly dampened as the visitors scored the game's first goal less than three minutes in. Hollins recovered quickly and held the Panthers at bay for the next 15 minutes of play. About 20 minutes into the match, the heat and short Hollins bench began to show signs of wearing down. Against a deeper, more seasoned Ferrum team that was playing their third match of the season, Hollins gave up a pair of goals in a two minute span. Leading 3-0, Ferrum added a back breaker with exactly one minute left in the half and sent the two teams into the break with the visitors enjoying a comfortable 4-0 cushion.
Hollins hardly had time to get moving as Ferrum started the second half by scoring a goal in the first 40 seconds of play. Hollins never quit but the numbers game was just too much to overcome as six different Panthers found the back of the net and Ferrum came away with a 10-0 non-conference victory.
Sophomore keeper Megan McKee (Madison, AL) did her best to keep Hollins close. McKee made a variety of diving, jumping, and sliding saves to help keep the Panthers off the board. Ferrum put 30 shots on the Hollins net and McKee stood tall collecting 20 saves in her season debut. Senior Bonnie Jo Blevins (Mars Hill, NC) was all over the field in an attempt to help her three new defensive mates. First year midfielder Jhovanna Salmeron (Zebulon, NC) made a series of fantastic moves and passes down the right side but Hollins was unable to capitalize by besting the Panther keepers.
Ferrum was led by Morgan Funck and her three goals and two assists. Meghan Martin added a pair of goals as did reserve Haley Overstreet. A trio of Ferrum keepers combined on the shut out.
Hollins will now hit the road for a pair of non conference match ups over the weekend. Hollins will travel to North Carolina to face William Peace on Saturday afternoon.