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Women's Soccer Blanks North Florida, 1-0; Paladins Tie School Record With Fifth Consecutive Shutout

Carlie Couch
Carlie Couch

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman women's soccer team opened its run of four matches in eight days with a 1-0 victory over North Florida on Friday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium to tie a school record with its fifth consecutive shutout.

Less than two minutes into the match, senior Carlie Couch chased down a Quinn Lombard pass, dribbled down the right side and lined a shot to the left-hand corner at the 1:53 mark to account for the only goal of the night. The tally marked Couch's third of the season and 30th of her career.

Senior Rose Hull played over 37 scoreless minutes in goal before giving way to freshman Kellsey Weaver, who recorded three saves to stretch Furman's shutout streak to the first 470 minutes of the 2016 season. Furman ran its home unbeaten streak to 15 matches (13-0-2) and improved to 14-1-2 in its last 17 matches overall.

"North Florida is a very good team and they played very well tonight," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "Carlie Couch has been our leader both on and off the field and for her to get the game-winner in the first two minutes was huge for us."

Furman continued to create chances throughout the first half with freshman Caitlyn Reilly both heading and shooting wide of the post in the opening period. North Florida garnered its share of the attack in the second half, but Weaver pushed Katy Mixon's long range shot wide of the upper left-hand corner on the only dangerous chance of the night for the Ospreys.

The Paladins finished with a 19-12 edge in shot attempts and 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. Victoria Ekeli totaled five saves for UNF.

UNCW, who is 4-1-1 on the season and has received 11 votes in this week's NSCAA Top 25 Poll, travels to Greenville on Sunday. The Seahawks had their five-match unbeaten run snapped with a 2-0 loss versus North Carolina State last time out. Furman holds a 3-1-1 lead in the all-time series with the Seahawks, including a 2-1 victory in the last meeting during the 2011 campaign.

Tickets for Sunday's match are available online at FurmanPaladins.com or can be purchased at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff. Fans can follow live stats and live video by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com and can access game updates on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information