Roanoke, VA - The Hollins soccer team played one final non-conference match ahead of a date with cross-town rival Roanoke College. DI Hampton University traveled to Roanoke in search of their first win of the season. Hollins would need one of her best efforts to date to keep up with the speedy Pirates.
Hollins employed an excellent defensive plan to keep the Hampton players off the score board. However, nine minutes into the match one of the Pirate strikers dribbled through the defense and beat the Hollins keeper to take the lead. Despite being out-shot in the first half, the Hollins back line held up for most of the first 45 minutes. A late goal, just 40 seconds left on the clock, gave Hampton a 3-0 cushion. The Pirates were able to secure a rebound and add to their lead in the opening moments of the second frame. Hollins was able to get off a pair of second half attempts, one on net, but couldn't overcome the early goals. Hampton, in it's first season as an NCAA DI competitor, picked up the first win of the season, 5-0.
First-year keeper Hannah Armstrong came into the game as the national saves leader with 96 stops. Armstrong used every part of her body to keep the Pirates from finding the back of the net. She jumped, ran, dove, and slid to record 22 saves, many of the highlight variety. Defender Mallory Jengo was all over the field, even jumping up to record a shot for Hollins. Allie Tambornini once again gave up her body to block three Hampton shots from getting through to the goal.
Jordan Crawford got the scoring started and was credited for the game winning goal. Terisha Simmons scored twice while Sydney Jackson registered two assists.
Hollins will play host to Roanoke College on Wednesday afternoon in their ODAC opener.