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Paladins Roll Past UNC Asheville, Claim Fourth Straight Win, 6-0

Jamie Alexander
Jamie Alexander

Greenville, S.C. – Five different Paladins found the back of the net as the Furman women's soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory over UNC Asheville in non-conference action on Thursday evening at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The Paladins improved to 5-1-0 while UNCA dipped to 1-5-0 on the season.  The win marked Furman's fourth consecutive triumph and fourth straight shutout.

Freshman Stephanie DeVita, who leads the Paladins with six goals in six matches, opened the scoring at 8:43 by driving by her defender down the right side and hammering a shot between the Bulldogs' keeper and the near post for what would become her fifth game-winner of the season.

Caitlin Shelton doubled the lead at 19:10.  The junior received the ball from India Robinson and drilled a shot across the face of goal and off of the left post for her first tally of the season.  Less than four minutes later, Anna Shea pushed the margin to 3-0 with her first of the campaign when Martha Hall whipped a shot across the box that Shea tucked away from the left side at 22:36.

Freshman Jamie Alexander finished from inside the six-yard box for her first collegiate goal at 29:23 and Kristin Fennegan extended the Furman advantage to 5-0 at 33:02 by finishing a rebound off of Alexander's shot on goal.

Furman capped the scoring at the 39:31 mark as Emily Graves saved a ball from crossing the end line with a flick into the middle of the box that Alexander headed into the center of the UNCA net for her second goal of the night.

Paladin goalkeeper Rose Hull was tested several times late in the first half, including a diving save and a stop on a point-blank shot from UNCA's Amanda Dailor at the top of the six-yard box.  Hull, a freshman from Brentwood, Tenn., finished with four saves in 45 minutes of work to secure the victory in goal while Maggie Grissel and Holly Reilly split time in net during the second half.

Heather Muller recorded seven saves in the loss for the Bulldogs.

Furman managed a 25-10 edge in shot attempts with each team earning three corner kicks.

The Paladins take a short rest before hosting Jacksonville University in a 1:30 p.m. contest at Stone Stadium on Saturday.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children.  Furman students receive free admission with a valid student ID.

Fans can follow live statistics and live streaming video for the match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.