Roanoke, VA - The Hollins soccer team kicked off her 2017 season with a home match against Wesleyan College. The contest would start a half an hour early, trying to beat the inclement weather coming to the Roanoke Valley. The Wolves were able to break through the Hollins defense to start the scoring. Katie Tanner was awarded a penalty kick after a Hollins penalty in the box. Tanner fired a shot to the low right corner to put the visitors on the board.
The first half would see the young Hollins team tested over and over. After the initial Wolves tally, Hollins would see their guests add five more goals over the next 15 minutes of play. The defense started to settle down and keeper Kendra Rich, playing her first collegiate game, would record nine stops during a first half that came to a close with Wesleyan enjoying a 7-0 advantage.
The second stanza would see the two teams trade time in the others offensive zone. At the 50 minute mark, Hollins would get her first scoring chance of the season but the Ciera Morris shot would sail wide of the net. Tanner would strike for her third and fourth goals of the afternoon to push the Wolves lead to 9-0. Sophomore Miranda Springston would lead the home team's offense in the second frame but each of her shots on goal were saved by Wesleyan keeper Kayleigh Buie. Rich finished her debut with 20 saves in net.
Hollins will be back in action next week when Greensboro College comes to Roanoke on Tuesday afternoon. The match with the Pride is scheduled to begin at 5:00pm.