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No. 10 Furman Blanks UNC Asheville In Home Opener, 4-0

No. 10 Furman Blanks UNC Asheville In Home Opener, 4-0

Greenville, S.C. -- Redshirt-freshman Cole McLagan scored a pair of goals as 10th-ranked Furman notched its fourth consecutive shutout with a 4-0 victory over UNC Asheville in the home opener Sunday on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The victory improved the Paladins to 5-0-0 and extended their shutout streak to 386:19, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-5-0.

It was good to finally play in front of the home crowd and get a win against an Asheville team that played us tough," said Furman head coach Doug Allison, who is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Paladin program. "I thought we played well as a team and scored four very nice goals."

McLagan, a native of Lee's Summit, Mo., opened the scoring at the 4:26 mark by running onto a through ball from Laurence Wyke and slotting a shot past the Asheville goalkeeper from the left side of the box. After Asheville's defense saved a pair of goal-bound shots off of the line, Greenville native and Eastside High School product Connor Hubbard doubled the lead at 43:54. Wyke sent a long ball over the defense to the right side of the box. Zach Jackson redirected the pass across the face of goal and Hubbard tapped in his shot to give the Paladins a 2-0 advantage.

McLagan netted his second goal of the night to strengthen the Paladin lead in the 64th minute. Jackson slid a pass from the right side of the box to the area between the penalty spot and top of the six-yard box for McLagan, who punched his shot into the right side of the net at 63:59 for his third score of the season.

Conor Sloan, a Murrells Inlet, S.C. native, capped the scoring in the 67th minute with his second tally of the campaign. After collecting the ball outside the box, Sloan rifled a shot that deflected off of the right post and across the goal to the left-side netting.

Redshirt-freshman Ben Hale, who registered two saves, combined with Jonathan Smith to post the shutout in goal for the Paladins. Tyler Moore turned away five shots in a losing effort for the Bulldogs. Wyke and Jackson each finished with two assists, the first points of the season for both players.

The Paladins managed a 21-5 advantage in shot attempts and an 11-2 edge in shots on goal.

Furman returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Clinton, S.C., to face the Presbyterian Blue Hose at 1 p.m. After taking on South Carolina on September 19, the Paladins return home to host Gardner-Webb on September 23, at Stone Stadium at 7 p.m.

Tickets for all home matches are $5 and can be purchased at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff or by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information