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Paladins Roll Past Kennesaw State On Friday, 3-0

Carlie Couch
Carlie Couch

Kennesaw, Ga. -- Stephanie DeVita, Carlie Couch and Molly Dwyer each scored first half goals to lift Furman to a 3-0 victory over Kennesaw State in non-conference action on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

The win, Furman's fourth straight, improved the Paladins to 5-1-0 on the season while the Owls slipped to 2-4-1.

Junior Stephanie DeVita opened the scoring in the seventh minute with her team-leading fourth goal of the campaign.  India Robinson won the ball on the right flank, fought off two defenders and delivered a cross to the near post at the top of the six-yard box that DeVita headed past Kennesaw State goalkeeper Olivia Sturdivant.  The score marked DeVita's 38th goal in 51 career matches for the Paladins.

In the 33rd minute, Furman cleared the ball out of the back and into the path of sophomore Carlie Couch near midfield.  The Tifton, Ga., native out-raced the KSU defense down the middle of the field and finished off of the inside of the left post at 32:57 to double the Paladin lead with her third goal of the season.

Less than three minutes later, Furman won a free kick high on the right side.  Robinson floated the set piece to the top of the box where it glanced off the head of a defender to freshman Molly Dwyer.  The Knoxville, Tenn., product touched the bouncing ball away from her defender and buried a shot from near the end line on the left side of the box at 35:27 to up the margin to 3-0.  The goal marked Dwyer's third score of the season and third in the Paladins' past four matches.

"I was proud of the way we came out focused and scored early," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr.  " We handled playing on the road well, as we have in the past two weeks, and were able to get the result.  We can't wait to play in front of our home fans on Sunday."

Goalkeepers Rose Hull and Maggie Grisell split time in the net with each stopping two shots in the victory.  Hull picked up the win to improve to 5-1-0 this season.

Furman boasted a 19-11 edge in shot attempts, including a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal.  The Paladins found the back of the net on three of their first four shots on target.

The Paladins return home on Sunday when they host the 25th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.  Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information