Corner Kicks Carry Wasps

Soccer action photo of Mallory Jengo dribbling the ball away from an attacker
Mallory Jengo and the Hollins defense held E&H to just two second half goals

Salem, VA - The Hollins soccer team played host to Emory & Henry on Wednesday night. The match was played at Spartan Field on the campus of Salem High School under the lights in a rare "home" night game for the green and gold.

The visitors from Emory got the scoring started quickly when April Yopp took a pass from the right corner and deposited it the back of the net. The goal came just over a minute into play. Hollins would begin to turn back the Wasps offensive attack but continued to allow their gusts to enjoy corner kick after corner kick. Gillian Hogg and Kelci Horner kept applying pressure with perfectly placed corners. Emory & Henry would capitalize on two of their 14 first half attempts from the corner to increase the lead. The fourth Wasp score came when a shot was stopped but the Hollins defense could not corral the rebound and at the half it was 4-0 E&H. In the second frame, the Hollins defense kept the Wasps off the board for almost the entirety of the 45 minutes. However, it was once again the corner kick that allowed Emory to pad their advantage. Horner connected with Brittany Singleton for the second time on the night to push the lead by a goal. The final score of the night was a tough one for Hollins. A defender gave up her body to block a shot from straight on but the rebound found an awaiting foot and the final tally was 6-0, Emory & Henry.

Hollins allowed the Wasps to attempt 25 corner kicks and was out-shot by a wide margin. The defense did make it tough on their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foes and Kendra Rich tallied 18 saves, her third consecutive double-digit save effort and fifth of the season. Rich is leading the ODAC with 120 saves, almost twice that of her nearest rival and the net minder came into the match ranked 20th in the NCAA.  

Singleton led Emory with two goals while Horner added three assists. 

Hollins will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to Randolph College at 2:00pm.