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Late Goal Helps Furman Soccer Remain Perfect; Paladins Down Presbyterian, 2-1

Laurence Wyke
Laurence Wyke

Clinton, S.C. -- Connor Hubbard scored on an assist from Zach Jackson with 14:13 left in regulation to break a 1-1 deadlock and lift the eighth-ranked Furman men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory versus Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon at Martin Stadium.

With the win, Furman upped its record to 6-0-0 on the season, while the Blue Hose fell to 2-3-1.

After Furman had continued to pile pressure on Presbyterian for the most of the second half, Hubbard tallied the break through goal at the 75:47 by beating a Blue Hose defender  on a two-versus-one to redirect a cross from Jackson into the back of the net for his team-best third goal of the season.

PC grabbed the early lead at 28:45 when Adrian Edo Martin ripped an 18-yard shot that took a deflection off of the Furman defender. Furman answered just 1:57 later. After the Paladins drew a foul inside the box, junior Laurence Wyke stepped up to finish from the penalty spot to even the contest at 1-1.

Furman compiled a 22-8 edge in total shot attempts, including a 15-3 margin following the halftime break. The Paladins managed a 7-3 edge in shots in goal.

Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Ben Hale and the Furman defense saw its shutout run end at 415:04, but the Frisco, Texas, native turned away two shots to earn his sixth straight victory.

The Paladins travel to battle South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, September 19, before hosting  Gardner-Webb on Saturday, 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