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No. 25 Georgia Powers Past Paladins, 4-0

Maggie Grisell
Maggie Grisell

Greenville, S.C. -- The 25th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs tallied three first-half goals, including a pair from sophomore Marion Crowder, en route to a 4-0 victory over Furman in non-conference women's soccer action on Sunday evening at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The loss dropped the Paladins to 5-2-0 on the season and ended Furman's four-match winning streak, while Georgia improved to 5-1-1 with its third consecutive shutout.

In the 15th minute, Crowder took on two Paladin defenders down the left channel before creating space to rip a shot from just outside the box that beat a lunging Rose Hull to the middle of the goal.  Georgia doubled its lead at 21:38 when Hull made a diving save on a Bulldog shot, but Crowder pounced on the rebound and fired into an empty net for her second goal of the night.

Bella Hartley upped the margin to 3-0 at the 28:33 mark by volleying a shot past the Paladin defense from nine yards away for her first goal of the season.

Furman's best chance of the half came late in the period when India Robinson was played through the UGA back line, but her shot from a tight angle on the right side was off target.

Lauren Tanner capped the scoring and gave Georgia a 4-0 cushion in the 56th minute.  The Bulldogs won a free kick at the top of the box and Rachel Garcia stepped up to line a shot through the Paladin wall.  Hull made the diving save, but Tanner tapped in the rebound at 55:46 for her second goal of 2014.

Stephanie DeVita came closest to putting Furman on the board in the 63rd minute only to see her bending shot from high on the left side tipped off of the cross bar and cleared from danger.

Georgia held a 17-15 edge in shot attempts and 12-5 advantage in shots on goal.  Louise Hogrell turned away five shots to earn the victory while Hull stopped six shots for Furman.  Maggie Grisell recorded two saves in almost 30 minutes of action off of the Furman bench.

Furman returns to action on Friday when it hosts the Jacksonville Dolphins in its final non-conference game.  Kickoff on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information