Furman Cruises Past East Tennessee State For Fourth Consecutive Victory, 5-0

Tyler Peoples

Johnson City, Tenn. – Five different Paladins found the back of the net as the Furman men's soccer team broke down a stingy East Tennessee State defense to score a 5-0 victory over the Buccaneers on Friday night in Johnson City, Tenn.

The victory, Furman's fourth straight, improved the Paladins to 5-1-0.  ETSU fell to 2-2- on the season.

"To get a shutout on the road against a good team is always tough," said Furman head coach Doug Allison, following his team's fourth consecutive clean sheet.  "We got the shutout and I'm proud of our guys.  We scored five goals against a very strong defense.  There's not much more we can ask of our players.  It was a strong performance for 90 minutes."

Playing an East Tennessee State team that had allowed only two goals in its first five matches and was coming off of a victory at eighth-ranked UAB, Furman pumped in five goals to give the Paladins 15 goals in their last three matches.

Senior Martin Ontiveros opened the scoring in the 24th minutes as freshman Marco Ortiz placed a cross into the path of the Pharr, Texas, native who netted his third goal of the season.  Less than six minutes later, freshman Dylan Rowe ripped a 35-yard shot into the right corner past ETSU goalkeeper Ryan Coulter to double the lead at 2-0 heading into halftime.

The Buccaneers mounted a challenge in the opening minutes of the second period, but added to the lead at the 76:39 mark when Coulter's clearance was chested down and volleyed into the back of the net from more than 30 yards away by sophomore Tyler Peoples.  In the 82nd minute, Evan De Ycaza played a combination with fellow freshman Lewis Hawke and the Scottish striker finished by curling a shot into the corner to up the margin to 4-0.

De Ycaza capped the scoring at 87:25 by pouncing on the loose ball and scoring into an open net after Coulter could only deflect a Hawke effort from inside the box.

The Paladins, who have recorded four consecutive shutouts, posted a 14-11 lead in shot attempts and 6-2 edge in shots on goal.  Sophomore Sven Lissek totaled two saves to earn the shutout and victory in goal.  Coulter turned away one Furman shot in a losing effort for ETSU.

Furman continues non-conference play when it returns to Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium to host Gardner-Webb on Monday at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Monday's match are $ for adults and $2 for children.  Furman students receive free admission with a valid student ID.  Fans can follow live statistics of Monday's match and subscribe to live streaming video on Watch Paladin HD by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.  Live in-game updates will also be available on Twitter by following @FurmanSoccer.