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Women’s Soccer Hands Burr 150th Career Victory; Paladins Cruise To First Win, 8-0

Erin O'Hearn
Erin O'Hearn

Greenville, S.C. -- Seven Paladins found the back of the net as Furman handed head coach Andrew Burr his 150th career victory with an 8-0 triumph over North Greenville Monday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The Paladins recorded a school record 40 shots en route to their largest margin of victory since tallying a 9-0 win at Chattanooga in 2013. With the win, Burr, in his 12th season at the helm of the Furman program, improved to 150-67-20 all-time. His 150 wins and .675 winning percentage rank him as the winningest coach in Southern Conference history.

"I think 150 wins means that I've been here way too long," said Burr, jokingly about his milestone win. "It's a great program. Brian Lee started this program in 1994 and we've had a tradition of winning from day one. We recruit great kids and have great kids in the classroom so it makes my job pretty easy."

Furman, 1-0-1 on the season, opened the scoring 15 minutes into the match when Molly Dwyer took a Quinn Lombard pass and deposited her shot into the lower left-hand corner. Just 52 seconds later, freshman Caitlyn Reilly broke free down the left wing and fired a shot into the far corner for her first collegiate goal to double the Paladin lead.

In the 25th minute, Reilly got a head to Rachel Shah's corner kick, but her shot was blocked. Freshman Erin O'Hearn pounced on the bouncing rebound and looped a bicycle kick over the head of the North Greenville goalkeeper for her first collegiate goal to up the lead to 3-0.

After Carlie Couch gave Furman a 4-0 halftime lead with her first goal of the season on an assist from O'Hearn at 28:19, the senior from Tifton, Ga., upped the margin to 5-0 with her second goal of the night and 29th of her career in the 47th minute. Molly Dwyer played the ball wide to Arianna Milicia and the freshman served a cross towards the near post from the right wing. Couch beat her defender and the keeper to the ball to head in Furman's fifth goal of the night.

Junior Willough Davis upped the lead to 6-0 when she chipped the goalkeeper after being played in behind the defense by Dwyer in the 63rd minute, and freshman Claudia Murphy increased the lead to 7-0 on a breakaway and assist from Hannah Froats in the 67th minute.

Abby DeMare capped the scoring at the 88:22 mark when she laced a shot off the inside of the left post from the top of the box.

Four different goalkeepers earned playing time for the Paladins as they registered their second shutout in as many games. Madelynn Schober stopped 14 shots for the Crusaders.

Furman managed a 40-0 edge in shots that included a 23-0 advantage in shots on goal.

The Paladins return to action on Friday when they travel to Clinton, S.C., to face the Presbyterian Blue Hose at 4 p.m. Follow live stats on FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access game updates on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.