Armstrong Stops 29 Shots

Armstrong Stops 29 Shots

Roanoke, VA - For the final time this fall, the Hollins soccer team defended Moody Field from an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe. Shenandoah was the opponent in Hollins regular season, home finale. The Hornets came into the match sitting in second place in the current ODAC standings and sported one of the leading scorers in the nation.

The Hornets wasted little time in getting on the score board. Jennfier Nguyen took a beautiful pass from Emily Yergin to net the opening score of the afternoon. From that moment on, the game was played primarily in the Hollins zone and the Hollins defense held up throughout a first half that saw Shenandoah launch 30 shots. Three blocked shots and 13 saves by Hannah Armstrong kept Hollins within striking distance with the Horents holding a 4-0 lead at the break. A pair of quick strikes in the second half by Shenandoah allowed their fans to finally relax. Hollins played the entire second half a player down due to injury and even shorthanded, Hollins made it tough on their visitors. Once Hollins was completely gassed, Shenandoah scored five more times in the final 20 minutes of the match, including a final goal with just 15 seconds left on the clock. For the afternoon, Shenandoah attempted 69 shots en route to an 11-0 ODAC victory.

Armstrong came into the afternoon ranked 2nd in the nation in saves, just two stops behind the leader. After a 29 save effort, tied for the 6th best individual effort in the NCAA DIII this season, Armstrong ran her season total to 261 stops. The entire Hollins back line played well, blocking seven shots during the 90 minutes of play.

Hollins did a solid job on Yergin, the nation's 3rd leading scorer and 5th in total points. Yergin netted the first goal of the second half and added a late tally for a pair of second half goals and assisted on three other Hornet scores. Fellow first-year Sara Fuller did all her damage in the first half with three goals on nine shots. Rebecca Collimore came off the bench to add two scores and a pair of Hornets combined in net to record the shutout.

Hollins has two more regular season matches remaining on the schedule. After a trip to Bridgewater on Saturday, Hollins will have a week to rest and get healthy for their annual matchup with their arch rivals from Sweet Briar.