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Seniors Lead Furman To Victory Over The Citadel On Senior Day, 3-0

2016 Furman Women's Soccer Seniors
2016 Furman Women's Soccer Seniors

Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Carlie Couch netted the winning goal from the penalty spot, senior Lauren Pinion notched an assist and redshirt senior Rose Hull picked up the win in goal as Furman topped The Citadel, 3-0, in the home finale for the Paladins on Sunday afternoon at Stone Stadium.

With the victory, Furman improved to 10-3-1 overall and 4-2-0 in Southern Conference play. The Paladins reached the 10-win mark for the sixth consecutive season. The Citadel slipped to 4-9-0 overall and 1-5-0 in the SoCon.

Furman controlled the possession for most of the first half, but the Paladins continued to struggle to find the back of the net as Rachel Shah hit the cross bar and Couch hit the right post with shots in the opening 20 minutes. In the 40th minute, Couch chased down a long ball on the right side of the box and was tripped while turning towards goal. The Tifton, Ga., native stepped to the penalty spot and slotted her shot past Bulldog goalkeeper Logan Leask for her 34th career score to give the Paladins a 1-0 lead at the 39:34 mark.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Furman put the game away with a pair of goals just 47 seconds apart. Quinn Lombard played the ball out of the corner to Pinion on the right side of the box. The Alpharetta, Ga., native chipped a pass across the box and Sanon Williams headed her shot into the left side of the net at 53:05 to double the Furman lead at 2-0. Seconds later, Treva Aycock touched a pass to Couch on the left wing. The senior sent a cross to the right side of the box where Molly Dwyer took one touch before hammering a volley past Leask for her team-leading eighth goal of the season at 53:52.

Hull, who made two saves in almost 64 minutes in net, shared the shutout with sophomore Allie Cutler and freshman Sarah Rinker, who stopped three shots. Leask saved six shots in a losing effort for the Bulldogs.

Furman managed a 21-11 margin in total shots while holding a 9-5 edge in shots on goal.

The Paladins return to action on Friday when they travel to Spartanburg, S.C., to face the Wofford Terriers. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Links for the video stream and live stats will be available at FurmanPaladins.com.

Updates on Furman women's soccer can be found on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information