Cross-Town Matchup Goes To Roanoke

Keeper Kendra Rich notched 23 saves against Roanoke College
Keeper Kendra Rich notched 23 saves against Roanoke College

Salem, VA - Hollins made the short trip south to Salem to face Roanoke College in their annual, cross-town, Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) match with the Maroons. Roanoke came into the contest looking to solidify a top four finish in the league, guaranteeing them a home match to start the 2017 ODAC Women's Soccer Tournament.

The match turned out to be a little one-sided with the home team controlling the action throughout most of the afternoon. Roanoke College netted a pair of goals in the game's first five minutes. Kendra Rich would stop the next six shots on the Hollins net before the hosts would once again break through the defense. Rich would stop 10 for the Maroon's 14 first half shots on goal but the visitors couldn't get past the Roanoke back line and the score was 4-0 at the break. The second half was almost an exact copy of the first. Roanoke College attempted 60 shots, 30 in each half, with 31 being on goal. In the end it was Roanoke College that picked up the ODAC win, 8-0.

Rich came into the match ranked first in the ODAC and fifth in the nation with 183 saves. In her first collegiate season, Rich has amassed 206 saves with one game remaining in the regular season.

Eight different Roanoke players scored during the game. Laura Garbarini handed out two of the Maroon's six assists.

Hollins will wrap up the regular season with a visit from arch rival Sweet Briar College on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the match, Hollins will honor her lone senior, Audrey Haisley. At halftime there will be a ceremony honoring long time Hollins coach and administrator, Marjorie Berkley, for whom the field will be renamed.