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New head coach Robin Ramirez assumes the reigns of the Hollins soccer program after a successful tenure at Eureka College in Illinois. Coach Ramirez will be faced with the tough task of replacing a graduating class that had seen more success in a Hollins uniform than any in recent memory.
The team will rely heavily upon its starters on the defensive side of the ball. Defender Bonnie Jo Blevins '15 will anchor the Hollins defense as the only returner in the back line. Blevins will be looked upon to mentor her new defensive partners as she enters her third season as a starter. The one place Hollins will not have to count on a newcomer is in net. Megan McKee ‘17 returns in goal after a stellar first-year campaign that saw the Madison, Alabama, native rank second in the conference with 129 saves in just 14 games played. Hollins will only return three other players from last year’s squad: Christina Havrila '17, Elizabeth McGrady '16, and Emily Dodson '16 will bring 31 games' worth of experience to a very green Hollins roster.
Hollins faces a challenging schedule as the young team will play three matches in the first week of the season. After a trio of non-conference matches, Hollins will jump into ODAC play with their annual matchup against archrival Sweet Briar College on September 13. Hollins will then face their lone remaining non-conference foe before finishing the season with 11 straight match-ups against ODAC competition.
The 2014 season will be a learning experience for the Hollins soccer team. They will gain seasoning throughout the year and look to build a foundation on which the program will grow to new heights in the future.
2013 Season Wrap-Up
Featuring a roster loaded with experience and talent, the Hollins soccer team entered the season with great expectations: Qualifying for the eight-team, season-ending conference tournament for the first time in recent memory. But, despite winning more ODAC games than any Hollins team this century, Hollins fell just short of making the ODAC Tournament. It was a bittersweet final season for a group of Hollins seniors who saw the program take huge steps forward during their four years on campus.
Forward Becca Logan '14 scored nine goals, bringing her total overall to 30 and finishing her career as one of the most prolific scorers in school history. She was once again among the ODAC leaders, ranking seventh in goals scored, ninth in points, and fourth in game-winning goals. Dani Franklin '14 was second on the team in goals while leading Hollins with four assists. Co-captain Sarah Knox '14 once again anchored a Hollins defense from her back position and will be sorely missed after starting for four years and providing leadership both on and off the field.
Hollins came into the season with one big question mark: Who would protect the net? Keeper Megan McKee '17 stepped in and did a fabulous job during her first collegiate season. She started 13 of 17 games while picking up three wins and a pair of shutouts. Her 129 saves were good enough to be ranked second in the ODAC and her two shutouts were eighth-best in the league.