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Furman Soccer Blanks Wofford In Road Finale, 2-0

Laurence Wyke
Laurence Wyke

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Laurence Wyke and Danny Kierath each found the back of the net to power Furman to a 2-0 victory over Wofford in the final road test of the regular season for the Paladins on Tuesday night at Snyder Field in Spartanburg, S.C.

With the victory, Furman (10-4-3, 4-2-3 SoCon) secured a third or fourth place finish in the league standings and a home match in the opening round of the Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championship on Saturday, November 4, against an opponent to be determined. Wofford dipped to 4-13-0 overall and 4-5-0 in league play. The Terriers will need a win on Saturday at first-place ETSU and a Furman loss versus UNCG to have a chance to take third place away from the Paladins.

"I'm very pleased for the boys," said Paladin head coach Doug Allison. "We got two very nice goals from Laurence and Danny, and it's always big to get a shutout and three points this time of year, especially on the road. We're looking forward to Senior Night on Saturday."

Furman turned up the pressure on Wofford early in the match and broke the deadlock in the 21st minute. Zach Jackson found space on the right wing and served a cross to the far side of the box for Wyke, who volleyed a bouncing shot past Wofford goalkeeper Matthew Reynolds and into the left side of the net at 20:46.

Furman goalkeeper Ben Hale recorded four saves on the night to earn his sixth shutout of the season and improve to 9-4-3 in net for the Paladins. Reynolds finished with four stops for the Terriers.

The Terriers attempted to push forward for the tying goal in the final minutes and Furman made them pay with under a minute left as Wyke slipped a pass to Kierath streaking unmarked down the middle of the field and the midfielder tucked a low shot past the charging keeper with 54 seconds left in regulation to seal the victory.

The Paladins compiled an 11-10 edge in total shots and 6-4 advantage in shots on target en route to avenging a 1-0 loss to Wofford in Greenville, S.C., earlier in the month. Furman enters Saturday's 7 p.m. regular season finale on Seagraves Field versus UNCG having posted a 3-0-1 record in its four matches since the short-handed loss to the Terriers.

Saturday will be Senior Night at Stone Stadium and the Paladins playing their last regular season home match in the purple and white will be honored prior to kickoff.

Tickets for Saturday's match versus UNCG are $5 and can be purchased online at FurmanPaladins.com or at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour before kickoff. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the first 100 in the gate will receive a replica Clint Dempsey Furman jersey.

The match will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network with live statistics available through StatBroadcast. Links for both the live stream and live statistics can be found at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information