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Georgia Downs Furman Women’s Soccer In Exhibition Opener, 4-1

Georgia Downs Furman Women’s Soccer In Exhibition Opener, 4-1

Greenville, S.C. -- Four different players found the back of the net for Georgia as the Bulldogs downed Furman, 4-1, in exhibition women's soccer action on Thursday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

Bria Washington put the Bulldogs in front at the 18:15 mark when her 20-yard shot across the face of goal found the lower lefthand corner to break the deadlock. Mariel Gutierrez doubled the UGA advantage at 23:17. A long free kick into the box was punched away by Furman goalkeeper Rose Hull, but Gutierrez collected the loose ball and hammered a shot through traffic to up the Bulldog lead to 2-0.

Just five minute after the restart, Marion Crowder's shot from the left wing was deflected by goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver into the path of Katie MacGinntie who tapped her shot into the empty net to increase the UGA lead to 3-0.

Furman, who totaled 16 shots on the night and hit the cross bar twice, finally converted in the 69th minute. Freshman Treva Aycock raced down the right wing and delivered a cross to the near post that fellow freshman Caitlyn Reilly nodded past UGA goalkeeper Louise Hogrell.

Despite strong play from Weaver in net, UGA added a fourth goal at the 81:27 mark as Lauren Tanner finished at the left post on a low cross through the box from MacGinntie.

Georgia held a 20-16 edge in shots, while Furman managed a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal. Weaver totaled three saves in 45 minutes of action and Hull recorded a pair of saves for the Paladins. Hogrell stopped nine shots for the Bulldogs.

Furman plays its final exhibition tune-up on Saturday when it hosts Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. at Stone Stadium. The Paladins open the regular season versus Coastal Carolina on Friday, August 19, at Stone Stadium.

Live statistics for Saturday's exhibition match will be available through StatBroadcast at Fans can keep access game updates on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information