Greenville, S.C. -- Martin Ontiveros scored a goal and added an assist while Alec Kann notched his third consecutive shutout as 23rd-ranked Furman extended its unbeaten streak to seven consecutive matches with a 2-0 triumph over Wofford in the regular season finale for the Paladins on Friday evening at Stone Stadium.
Furman improved to 13-2-4 overall and finished Southern Conference play with a 4-1-2 record. The Paladins also clinched a top four finish in league play and the right to host a SoCon quarterfinal round match at Stone Stadium on November 6, at 6 p.m. against an opponent to be determined. Furman can still claimed a share of the SoCon regular season title if Elon manages a draw or victory over UNC Greensboro tomorrow evening.
"This is a great way to end the regular season with a good win against a Wofford team that went up to Appalachian State and won earlier this week," said Furman head coach Doug Allison. "Martin had another outstanding game and it was good to continue to build momentum heading into the tournament."
The Paladins scored a goal on either side of the halftime break to notch their third straight win over Wofford. Ontiveros opened the scoring with only 1:36 remaining in the first half with his fifth goal of the season and second of the week. Coleton Henning played a pass to Daniel Hojaij down the left wing and the junior served a cross to Ontiveros who hammered a header past Wofford goalkeeper Andrew Drennan from five yards out at the near post to put Furman in front.
Furman doubled its lead just 53 seconds into the second half on freshman Walker Zimmerman's fourth tally of the campaign. Ontiveros sent a bending corner kick to the top of the six-yard box where Zimmerman rose above the defense to head past Drennan at 45:53.
Wofford was unable to provide an answer to the Paladin attack as Furman outshot the Terriers 16-2, including a 6-0 edge in shots on goal. The Paladins also earned three corner kicks without surrendering any to the Terriers.
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