Roanoke, VA - Hollins opened the 2015 soccer season when they played host to Greensboro College on Wednesday afternoon. The University started classes for the 174th time and as has always been the case at Hollins, the hopes of dreams of a new year dawning swept over the entire campus. Second year head coach Robin Ramirez sent his very young squad onto the filed in search of a season opening victory against the Pride.
Seven, first-year players took the field for a Hollins team that came into the matchup short on numbers but high on expectations. The match started harmlessly enough as the two teams traded possession of the ball throughout the opening minutes. Greensboro netted the first goal of the afternoon when Lauren Greeson beat the Hollins goalkeeper to put the visitors up, 1-0. Hollins was able to play with the Pride for the next 10 minutes but a pair of goals in a 1:35 span gave Greensboro a 3-0 lead. Hollins looked to answer as first-year midfielder Kally Saffer (Winston-Salem, NC) beat the Pride defense and sent a shot off the goalkeepers fingertips before hitting the left post and sailing just wide of the net.
Greensboro played 22 different players and slowly wore down the young, inexperienced team from Hollins. When the halftime horn sounded, it was the visitors that enjoyed a 7-0 lead on the scoreboard. The second half was similar to the first with Greensboro continuing to pressure the Hollins zone. Late in the game Hollins enjoyed one last chance to break through when Saffer dribble past a pair of defenders. The Saffer shot beat the Pride goalkeeper but just passed by the right post and out of play. Greensboro saw eight different players find the back of the net en route to a 14-0 season opening victory.
Saffer led Hollins with three shots on goal. Goalkeeper Audrey Haisley (Denver, CO) made 15 saves in her debut in net. Haisley and her defensive mates were on the short end of a 48-6 shot total however, the defense was able to block several Pride attempts on the afternoon.
Greeson tallied five goals and a assist to led Greensboro. Meghan Cole and Melanie Raton added two goals apiece while Samara Alba handed out a game high three assists.
Hollins will go on the road for the first time this weekend when they head south to play in the Meredith College Classic in Raleigh. Hollins will open with Agnes Scott on Saturday before facing Salem College on Sunday afternoon.