Roanoke, VA - October 28, 2017 will go down as a big day in the history of Hollins Athletics. The game field was renamed to honor Hollins icon Marjorie Berkley and the ceremony happened to take place at halftime of the Hollins versus Sweet Briar soccer match. In front of a huge crowd of students, alums, administrators, professors, family, and friends the two foes would do battled to see who would be the latest winner in their long and storied rivalry.
The match would decide which of the two Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foes would go into the off-season on a win streak. Hollins would see the field tip in her favor as they played a majority of the opening minutes in the Vixen's zone. Miranda Springston launched the first two shots of the afternoon on the Sweet Briar net but both were saved by Sam Holton. The visitors would take over play as Hollins keeper Kendra Rich would need to make six consecutive saves. As the half reached it's mid-way point, the score remaind 0-0. However, just seconds later it would be the Vixens who would strike first. A shot was saved by Rich but the rebound went right back to the Sweet Briar striker and Catherine Ford would deposit it in the back of the net. The road team would enjoy the lead for the next 10 minutes, but it would be Hollins turn to get on the board heading into the break. Callie Marhenke launched a shot on net but it was knocked away by Holton to the waiting foot of Mallory Jengo. Jengo would not miss and the score was tied, 1-1, at halftime.
During the 15 minute break, Hollins would have the field dedication. President Lawrence would open up the ceremony and after a few remarks by Hall of Famer Newnie Rogers '82 and Athletic Director Bill Mannino, the president would dedicate the field to Berkley. From hence forward the game field at Hollins will be Marjorie T. Berkley Field.
The second half would see both teams enjoy several good scoring chances and during the afternoon, Sweet Briar would out-shot Hollins 19-10. However, it was the home team that would gain the upper hand. With just under 14 minutes left to play, Ciera Morris would send a cross from the right sideline to the front of the net. Jengo was unable to get the shot toward the net but she was able to tip it to the left post where Sandra Cordova was waiting uncontested. Cordova sent the ball into the back of the net and the large home crowd roared with approval. Hollins would pack in back after gaining the lead and despite six more Vixen shots, the home team would see the clock expire and the celebration began.
Jengo tallied three points, giving the junior a team high nine points on the season. Cordova ended the season with two goals and Marhenke notched all three of her season points in the past week. Rich made 18 more stops and finished her first year as the Hollins netminder with an ODAC high 224 saves.
Holton recorded eight saves with Ford scoring on one of her two shots on goal.
The victory was Hollins first conference win since October 12, 2013. However, history was made as the Hollins soccer team will be the first to pick up a win on Berkley Field.