September 23, 2012

No. 23 Furman Rolls Past North Florida, 5-0

Greenville S.C. – Tyler Peoples netted two goals and Martin Ontiveros added a goal and an assist as the 23rd-ranked Furman men's soccer blanked the University of North Florida, 5-0, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The victory improved the Paladins to 7-1-1 and stretched Furman's unbeaten run to six matches.  North Florida slipped to 3-5-0 on the season.

Ontiveros, who leads the Paladins with six goals and five assists through nine matches, opened the scoring at the 13:21 mark on an assist from Danny Hojaij.  After receiving the ball near the left corner of the box, Ontiveros took one touch before hammering a shot to the left of Ospreys goalkeeper Kyle Nasta.

Just three minutes later, Peoples doubled the Furman lead with his second goal of the weekend.  Clint Ritter played a long ball over the top and Peoples ran onto the pass to deposit a shot into the lower left-hand corner at 16:22.  In the 22nd minute, Ontiveros played a ball to John Lung'aho on the left side and the junior chipped a shot over Nasta towards the right post for his first tally as a Paladin to increase the cushion to 3-0.

Furman upped the margin to 4-0 in the 64th minute when Josh Fusan served a long ball to Alex Crooks who slipped in behind the Ospreys' back line.  Crooks headed the bouncing ball down to his feet and lined a shot past the goalkeeper for his second tally of 2012.

Peoples capped the scoring with his third goal of the weekend at the 84:00 mark as Walker Zimmerman headed a Kevin Pahl corner kick to the near post for Peoples to redirect into the open net for the final 5-0 score line.

"We're happy to get back home and get our second shutout of the weekend," said Paladin head coach Doug Allison, who led his team to a 1-0 triumph at USC Upstate on Friday night.  "Tyler Peoples scored two scrappy gols for us and it was nice to have Derek Marinatos (UNF head coach and former Furman assistant) back at the stadium."

Furman outshot the Ospreys 22-3 and did not allow a shot on goal.  The Paladins earned nine corner kicks to just three for North Florida.

Senior Doug Ryan and redshirt freshman Trent Johnson each saw 45 minutes of action in goal for the Paladins with neither keeper being forced to make a save.  Nasta totaled five saves for the Ospreys.

Furman continues its homestand on Thursday when it hosts East Tennessee State.  Kickoff at Stone Stadium is set for 7 p.m..  Fans can follow live statistics for the match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com and can access live updates via Twitter by following @FurmanPaladins and @FurmanSoccer.