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Furman Soccer Earns Scoreless Draw Against Mercer

Furman Soccer Earns Scoreless Draw Against Mercer

Greenville, S.C. -- Junior Rose Hull made five saves to notch her third shutout of the season as the Furman women's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with Southern Conference newcomer Mercer on Sunday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The draw moved the Paladins to 7-3-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the SoCon, while Mercer moved to 7-4-2 overall and remained unbeaten in league play at 2-0-2.

The Paladins and Bears each registered four shots in the first half with the best chances falling to the Paladins.  After Mercer goalkeeper Maggie Cropp turned away a pair of Stephanie DeVita shots in the opening half hour, freshman Rachel Shah played a ball into the path of sophomore Carlie Couch in the 32nd minute, but Cropp raced off of her line to make a sliding deflection on the shot from the right side of the box.

With under a minute to play before intermission, Furman freshman Molly Dwyer received a pass near the penalty spot, settled the ball and hit a low shot towards the middle of the net that Cropp smothered to send the match to the break scoreless.

Mercer began to pressure the Paladins in the second period and built a 9-6 edge in shots over the second 45 minutes.  Washida Blackman nearly put the Bears in front in the opening minutes of the half, only to see her header from the top of the six-yard box go wide of the left post.  The Bears tested Hull with several long range shots before Shah threatened for the Paladins with a left-footed effort from the top of the box on a pass from India Robinson that forced Cropp to dive to make the save at the left post.

Neither team managed to put a shot on target in the two 10-minute extra periods.  Hull finished with eight saves, while Cropp stopped five shots to also earn a shutout.

Mercer claimed a 16-12 advantage in shot attempts, but the Paladins finished with a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.

Furman is idle until its travels to Spartanburg, S.C., to face Wofford next Sunday at 2 p.m.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information