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Furman Rolls Past Chattanooga On Senior Day, 9-0

Jamie Alexander
Jamie Alexander

Greenville, S.C. -- Junior Jamie Alexander matched a Furman single-game record with four goals and established a new NCAA record for the fastest four consecutive goals by a single player en route to leading the Paladins to a 9-0 victory over Chattanooga in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.

Alexander's four goals, all in the first half, tied the school's record previously set by Alexa Jones, Melissa Sutton and Danielle Petro.  She scored the goals in a span of 5:38 in the first half to better the previous record of four goals in 6:26 set by Mt. St. Mary's Karyn Farrar in 2005.  The Paladins' nine-goal margin of victory also matched a school record.

The win improved Furman to 10-3-2 overall and 4-1-2 in SoCon play, while Chattanooga dropped to 1-14-1 overall and 0-7 in the league.  Furman also reached double digit wins for the fourth consecutive season and 13th time in school history.

"It was great to be able to play so many players and to see so man experience success today," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr.  "The seniors certainly did their part on Senior Day and we've been able to extend our winning streak to three heading into the last weekend of league play."

Sophomore Carlie Couch opened the scoring at 22:42, taking a pass from Hannah Stanifer and drilling a shot across the face of goal into the left-hand corner.  Stanifer doubled the margin at 25:49, heading in India Robinson's corner kick for her third goal of the season.

Alexander put the game out of reach by netting her four goals in a span of less than six minutes.  She headed in a Stephanie DeVita cross at 29:20 to start her run before depositing the rebound off of a DeVita shot at 32:27 to give the Paladins a 4-0 lead.

Just 46 seconds later, Rachel Shah found Alexander outside the box and the Martinez, Ga., native hammered a 28-yard strike past Chattanooga goalkeeper Hannah Dunn to increase the lead to 5-0.  With 10:02 left in the opening period, Robinson played a free kick into the box that Shah deflected back to Alexander.  The forward volleyed the bouncing ball and it took a deflection before finding the right side of the net.

DeVita capped the first half scoring with a 38th minute strike from Shah, who notched her third assist of the game, and senior Alyssa Althoff and freshman Willough Davis capped the scoring outburst with a goal apiece in the second half.

DeVita, Shah and Robinson finished with three assists apiece.  Robinson's three assists gave her 14 on the season and moved her into sole possession of second place on the SoCon's career assists ledger with 47.

Senior Holly Reilly stopped two shots in goal to earn her first victory and shutout of the season.

The Paladins managed a 34-3 edge in shots and 20-2 advantage in shots on goal.  The Paladins were able to play 22 players in the match with nine contributing at least one point.

Furman returns to action next weekend when it caps regular season play with road games at UNCG on Friday night at VMI on Sunday.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information