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Second Half Surge Lifts Furman Women’s Soccer Over USC Upstate, 2-0

Kristian Leone
Kristian Leone

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Kristian Leone and Molly Dwyer netted second half goals to lead Furman to a 2-0 victory over USC Upstate in women's soccer action on Thursday evening at County University Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

With the win, Furman improved to 2-0-1 on the season, while the Spartans slipped to 0-3-2.

The Paladins dominated the first half and created several chances en route to building a 9-2 edge in shot attempts. With the match still scoreless in the 67th minute, Leone took a pass at the top of the box, battle through two defenders and chipped a shot over the shoulder of the charging goalkeeper for her first goal of the season.

Furman continued to pour on the pressure and Dwyer doubled the lead in the 84th minute with her second goal of the campaign. Freshman Abby Ott played a long ball out of the back to Dwyer, who found space down the right channel. The junior turned and fired a shot across the face of goal and into the upper left-hand corner from outside the box to up the margin to 2-0.

The Paladins back line recorded its third consecutive shutout to start the season as freshman Kellsey Weaver and senior Rose Hull each recorded 45 minutes of work in goal. Furman finished with a 17-6 edge in total shot attempts and 12-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Brooke Bailey stopped 10 shots in net for the Spartans.

The Paladins return to action on Sunday when they host the Davidson Wildcats in a 2 p.m. contest on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

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Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information