ROANOKE, Va. – Sometimes you just need to get the monkey off your back.
The last two matches have seen the Hollins soccer team struggle offensively, being shutout in back-to-back matches. But on Saturday, they broke out of that slump to down the University of Valley Forge 3-1.
How It Happened
Hollins started the pressure early as Stephanie Samoy had two shots in the first 2:30 of the match. The two teams battled back and forth, with Hollins controlling the ball for much of the time. Then, in the 36th minute, that pressure paid off. A Hollins corner kick from Madisen Charles found a Patriot player who knocked the ball in for an own goal, giving the Green and Gold a 1-0 lead.
A minute and 34 seconds later as VF attempted to clear the ball out of their zone, Charles took control and put a right-footed shot past the keeper, giving HU a 2-0 lead.
The score remained unchanged into the second half until the 56th minute when Paige Russell found a wide open Samoy, who blasted a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net, giving HU a 3-0 lead.
Valley Forge would end the shutout in the 86th minute, taking on a goal to bring the score within two, but that was as close as they would get as the Green and Gold defense stayed stout until the end.
Goalkeeper Kendra Rich picked up the win, making five saves.
Offensively, Charles and Samoy's goals were their second of the season for each. Hollins also outshot Valley Forge 13-11.
Hollins will look to keep the offense going as they head to Patrick Henry College on Friday, Sept. 20. The match is scheduled to start at 4:30 pm.