Staunton, VA - The Hollins soccer team played her fourth straight match to start the 2016 season and when they took the field against Mary Baldwin, still in search of their first victory. Having fallen to the Squirrels for the past two seasons, Hollins looked to build off their solid effort against Wesleyan College to try and turn the tables on their long time foe.
The matchup started just like the previous three games thus far this season, with the opponent taking the first shots on goal. After saving 45 shots in her last two outings, Hannah Armstrong was up the the task early, recording two saves in the opening minutes. However, the Hollins offense finally got rolling after being kept off the board to start the season. After having her fist shot saved, Alexis McDonough just missed her first collegiate goal when the ball found the post. The road team continued to enjoy time in the offensive zone throughout the first half and despite a scoeless tie, Hollins dominated the first 45 minutes by outshoting the home team 14-4.
The second half began with the two teams trading shots but niether able to break the tie. 63 minutes in the match, Miranda Springston looked to put Hollins up but her shot was saved by the Baldwin keeper. Less than one minute later, McDonough finally broke through when she dribbled in from 20 feet and blasted a shot into the back of the net. Two minutes later Springston connected to push the Hollins advantage to 2-0. Now it was time for the Hollins defense to shine and the back line played stellar soccer, turning away shot after shot to maintain the lead. Mary Baldwin made it interesting when they finally got a shot past Armstrong in the game's closing minutes. When the horn sounded, Hollins had picked up their first win of the season.
Springston led the way with 11 of Hollins 32 shots. Sophomore Ciera Morris was held scoreless but attempted eight shots with McDonough adding six shots. Armstrong once again registered double digit stops by saving 11 of the 12 shots on goal.
Hollins will look to build on their momentum this weekend when they wrap up their six game road trip. Hollins will visit Trinity (DC) on Saturday before facing Wilson College on Sunday.