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Five Paladins Score As Furman Blanks South Carolina State, 6-0

Molly Dwyer
Molly Dwyer

Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Molly Dwyer tallied two goals and an assist to power Furman to a 6-0 victory over South Carolina State in non-conference women's soccer action Wednesday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

Dwyer opened the scoring with her second goal of the season on an assist from Rachel Shah in the 24th minute before assisting on Claudia Murphy's 28th minute tally to stake the Paladins (3-2-1) to a 2-0 halftime lead. Less than nine minutes into the second half, Dani Moore and Maddie Kulik combined to setup Dwyer in front of net for her second goal of the night at the 53:43 mark.

In the 65th minute, Caitlyn Reilly slipped a shot inside the left post off of a pass from Murphy to up the margin to 4-0, and Melanie Rankin extended the lead to five goals just over two minutes later when she deposited a Stephanie Arrington pass on a tap-in at the far post for her first career goal. Allyn Wiggins capped the scoring with her first career goal in the 88th minute when Abby DeMare slid a pass into the box off of a Furman free kick that the Walterboro, S.C., native finished to the right post with the left foot.

"We played a much better second half after a bit of a slow start," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "It was good to get so many players involved and to see the unselfishness we played with to create six goals."

The Paladins return to action on Sunday at Kennesaw State. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Furman returns home to host VMI in the Southern Conference opener for both schools on Friday, September 22, at 7 p.m.

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Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information