SWEET BRIAR, Va. — A pair of late goals from LaLa Martinez and Caylin Newman was not enough for Sweet Briar as Hollins escaped with a 3-2 victory at Babcock Field on Saturday in the ODAC opener for both squads.
"We have really improved tremendously this week from our last match to today and that's a credit to these girls," said head coach Jason Capps. "They've responded well to our coaching and the culture we've created together gives us a great opportunity to truly build this program."
"I was very impressed with our effort and execution early in the match," Capps added.
Hollins (2-4-1, 1-0-0 ODAC) and Sweet Briar (1-5-0, 0-1-0) felt each other out over the opening 10 minutes, but Miranda Springston slotted a pass to Mallory Jengo for the first goal of the day in the 11th minute to give Hollins a 1-0 lead.
The visitors scored again 16 seconds into the second half when Springston assisted on a long-range goal from Madisen Charles.
Paige Russell netted the eventual game winner in the 73rd minute.
The Vixens battled back following Russell's strike, before finding an opening in the 79th when Martinez (Richmond, Va.) opener her collegiate account to pull the Vixens back within two of their guests.
Sophomore Lera Cordner (Macungie, Pa.) aided Sweet Briar to its second goal of the day when she slipped a pass to Newman (Bedford, Va.) who curled a shot to the far upper-90 for her second goal of the season in the 88th minute. Cordner's assist was the first of her collegiate career.
"The fight we showed in the second half was what I wanted to see," Capps said. "We need to compete with that passion for a complete 90 minutes and good things will continue to happen."
Newman has scored in back-to-back matches, making her the first Vixen to score in back-to-back matches since Leyte McNealus scored in consecutive matches against Hollins and Shenandoah in September of 2014.
Sweet Briar charged down the pitch in the final minutes, but time got the best of them and the final whistle blew before another shot was fired.
Senior Caroline Thomas (Appomattox, Va.) tallied six saves for the Vixens.
"Going into tomorrow's match, I'd like to see us build on that fight we showed late in the game," Capps said.
Sweet Briar gets a short rest as the Vixens host LaGrange at noon on Sunday.