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The 2013 Hollins soccer team looks much like the squad that came within one conference win of setting the school’s all-time record for ODAC wins in a season. The team returns eight starters, including their four leading point scorers from last season’s much improved offense, part of a nucleus that accounted for 30 of the 34 goals scored by the team last year, a program high since a 33-goal effort in 2005. However, on the defensive side of the ball, Hollins will have to replace an ODAC-leading 166 saves recorded by their keeper. It marks the second consecutive season that Hollins has had to replace the anchor of their defensive unit, a job that becomes a little easier with three returning defenders.
Senior forward Becca Logan and her 12 goals, ninth in the ODAC, return to lead the offense. Fellow seniors Morgan Wood (seven goals), Maran O’Neill (six goals and four assists), and Dani Franklin (two goals and five assists), give Hollins a solid foundation on which the offense can grow. Another pair of seniors, Sarah Knox and Melissa Hubbard, return on defense to provide stability and leadership on the backside. For the first time in recent history, Hollins will find themselves with a large group of talented seniors to lead the team into ODAC play.
Hollins starts the season with three straight road games before opening at home with ODAC foe Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, September 14. The ODAC recently released their preseason women’s soccer poll with Hollins picked to finish 12th by the league’s coaches.
With an experienced and talented group of seniors leading the way, Hollins will look to prove the nay-sayers wrong and earn a berth in the eight-team ODAC tournament at season’s end.
2012 Season Wrap-Up
The 2012 edition of the Hollins soccer team came into the season looking to build on last season’s success. The team had to replace two key positions on the defensive side of the field, but returned an offensive nucleus that looked to improve on their 13-goal effort of a season ago.
Hollins got off to a hot start, scoring four goals in their home opener against Ferrum, but it wasn’t enough as Hollins fell in heartbreaking fashion, 5-4 in overtime. Hollins rebounded quickly, and after a 6-0 win they found themselves at .500 to start the year.
Hollins entered the ODAC schedule seeking to set a school record for conference wins in a season after tying that mark last year. Hollins got two huge wins, defeating Eastern Mennonite 9-2 and topping rival Sweet Briar 2-0. The quest for a third ODAC win fell just short with an overtime loss to Emory & Henry, and Hollins finished the year again with a pair of conference wins.
Hollins showed a significant increase in goals with 34, the most for a Hollins team since scoring 33 goals in 2005. With four of their top five goal scorers returning next season, Hollins will look to build on their increased scoring output. After graduating two defensive stalwarts, the Hollins defense featured a pair of first-time collegiate starters who helped anchor a defense that lead the ODAC in saves (166).
History of Hollins soccer
In 1983, Hollins was one of the first four schools to compete in ODAC women's soccer. In its first year of conference play, Hollins played in the championship game against Randolph-Macon College, losing a close 3-2 contest—a phenomenal debut for Hollins soccer under coach Marjorie Berkley. Berkley coached the team through the mid-1980s, each year qualifying for the ODAC tournament.
In 2007, Hollins soccer entered a new era with the hiring of coaches Carrie O'Keeffe and Landon Moore. O’Keeffe’s collegiate career at the College of William and Mary and her professional playing experience with the Washington Freedom give her one of the most impressive resumes among Division III soccer coaches. Moore brings ODAC experience from his college career at Hampden-Sydney College as well as a wealth of coaching experience.
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