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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.
In addition to having to replace most of their offense next season, Hollins will begin a new era as the coaching staff, Landon Moore and Carrie O'Keeffe, is moving on after taking over the program in 2007-08. New head coach Robin Ramirez will have to rely heavily on his young defense while recruiting and growing an entire new group of offensive players.
2013 Season Preview
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.