Roanoke, VA - Fans of the Hollins University soccer team may have noticed something colorful on Saturday afternoon. Throughout the match with Bridgewater College, Hollins players and coaches wore rainbow laces as a part of Play With Pride week, a nationwide initiative from United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) to celebrate the contributions of LGBT players, coaches, support staff, referees and fans to the game of soccer.
The match marked the beginning of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play for both teams. The Eagles, picked fourth in the ODAC preseason pool, came into the matchup with a 6-1-1 mark while Hollins was looking to get her first victory of the 2017 campaign. The highly favored Eagles struck early and often in taking control of the match from the opening kick. Bailey Kratz netted the first Bridgewater goal of the afternoon just over a minute into play. Anna Sobus added two more scores and the score was 3-0 less than four minutes after the start. In the first half, the Eagles would out-shoot their hosts by 30 shots en route to taking a 14-0 advantage into the break. During the second frame, Hollins got her lone scoring chance of the game but the Miranda Springston shot was stopped by Alyssa Pearson, preserving the shut-out for Bridgewater, 17-0.
Kendra Rich recorded nine saves on the afternoon for the green and gold.
Kratz and Sobus were joined by Bridget Fabiani, Ashton Eicher, and Janidy Madera with two goals apiece. Madera added four assists for the Eagles.
Hollins will face another tough task on Wednesday when they travel to Washington and Lee. The Generals were tied with Lynchburg atop the 2017 ODAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll.
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