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Paladins Settle For Draw With Coastal Carolina In Women’s Soccer Season Opener, 0-0

Paladins Settle For Draw With Coastal Carolina In Women’s Soccer Season Opener, 0-0

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman totaled 23 shot attempts, including 10 shots on goal, in Friday night's women's soccer season opener versus Coastal Carolina, but were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw before a crowd of 1,620 at Stone Soccer Stadium.

Junior Rachel Shah got the Paladins off to a fast start by forcing Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Becca Austin into two saves in the opening minute of play. Senior Carlie Couch kept the pressure on in the ninth minute by slipping behind the Chanticleer defense only to see her shot deflected out for Furman's third corner kick in the opening 10 minutes.

Coastal Carolina battled back to control the majority of possession over the final 30 minutes of the first half, and the match went to intermission at 0-0 with Furman holding a 5-4 edge in shots.

Less than two minutes into the second period, it appeared Furman was destined to break the deadlock, but Treva Aycock belted a shot off the post, Caitlyn Reilly's follow-up was saved off of the line by a Coastal Carolina defender and Aycock's rebound caromed off of the left post again. Aycock forced another Austin save minutes later and hit the post a third time later in the half. Reilly threatened to break the deadlock with 10 minutes left in regulation as she slalomed through three defenders before having her shot on goal turned away.

"Coastal Carolina is a very good team and it was actually a nice game to watch even though it finished 0-0," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "Both teams created lots of great chances. I loved our high energy. I loved that we could press and create chance after chance after chance. Tonight was a bit of bad luck, but their keeper made some great saves, so the goals will come. We are very happy to get the shutout though."

Austin once again kept Coastal Carolina even less than two minutes into the first overtime period as she denied a driving shot from Molly Dwyer in the middle of the box and covered the left post as Dwyer's rebound effort flashed wide.

Furman freshman Kellsey Weaver, who shared the shutout with redshirt senior Rose Hull, recorded three of her four saves during the overtime periods. Austin finished with nine stops to earn the clean sheet for the Chanticleers.

The Paladins finished with a decisive 23-10 edge in total shots and 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. Furman earned seven corner kicks to five for Coastal Carolina.

The season-opening homestand continues for the Paladins on Monday when they host North Greenville. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Tickets for Monday's match are available online at FurmanPaladins.com and can also be purchased at the gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff.

Live statistics for Monday's match will be available through StatBroadcast and live video streaming will also be available through the SoCon Digital Network at FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access game updates on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information