Hollins Defense Challenges Randolph

Paige Russell saw her first half shot go wide of the WildCat net
Paige Russell saw her first half shot go wide of the WildCat net

Roanoke, VA - The Hollins soccer team welcomed Randolph College to campus on a beautiful fall afternoon. The WildCats came into the matchup just ahead of Hollins in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standings. It marked the first of consecutive home matches against ODAC competition.

The match started with the Hollins defense being put to the test early and often. Each time that Randolph went on the attack, the back line was up to the task and turned away their guests from the Hill City. Kendra Rich stopped four straight shots on goal in the opening stages of the contest. However, at the 17:27 mark, a pass went through the interior of the Hollins defense to the waiting foot of Delaney Doyle and the Cats were on the board, 1-0. Hollins would not let the goal break them down and they once again stepped up on the defensive end of the field. At the 23:30 mark, Hollins got their fist good chance of the afternoon but the Paige Russell shot sailed just to the left side of the goal. With less than 10 minutes remaining before the break, Randolph sent a harmless shot towards the net but it eluded the Hollins keeper to push the advantage to 2-0. Hollins would get on more chance late, but once again the Randolph defense was able to get just enough of the Miranda Springston shot to send it wide of the mark. The second half was similar to the first with the WildCats enjoying plenty of zone time. Every time the green and gold got loose in the midfield, the Randolph defense pushed the ball out of their offensive zone. A trio of second have scores made the final tally, Randolph five and Hollins zero.

Rich recorded her third 20+ save effort of the season by making 23 stops. The double-digit total was the fourth in a row for the sophomore.

Doyle and Micheala Salerno each netted a pair of scores with Patricia Garrett accounting for the other goal. Hunter Robinson added two assists and Shelby Lutz went the full 90 minutes in net.

Hollins will host Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday afternoon with a 4:00pm start.