Dwyer Propels Furman Women’s Soccer Past Kennesaw State In Non-Conference Finale, 2-0

Molly Dwyer
Molly Dwyer

Kennesaw, Ga. -- Senior Molly Dwyer tallied a pair of second half goals and junior Allie Cutler recorded her first career shutout to propel Furman to a 2-0 victory over Kennesaw State in the Paladins' non-conference finale on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

The victory, Furman's second of the week, improved the Paladins to 4-2-1 on the season, while Kennesaw State fell to 5-3-2.

"I thought this was our best effort of the year so far," said head coach Andrew Burr, who has led Furman to three SoCon Tournament titles. "The team chemistry both on and off the field was very good, and it was great to see Allie get her first shutout. She did a great job of communicating and keeping our back four organized."

After a scoreless first half in which Furman outshot the Owls 9-1, the Paladins broke the deadlock just 12:50 into the second period. Following a restart near midfield, Rachel Shah received the ball high on the right wing and served a cross towards the middle of the box. Dwyer, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., raced to the spot and hit a leaping volley past the KSU goalkeeper at 57:50 to give Furman the lead.

With under 10 minutes to play, Erin O'Hearn stole the ball in the center circle and played a pass down the right side to Treva Aycock. She centered a pass to Shah at the top of the box on a three-versus-two. Shah slid a pass to the left side of the box to Dwyer, who slotted a shot between the legs of the stranded keeper to double the Paladins' lead at 80:51.

Cutler, who picked up her first career victory versus South Carolina State on Wednesday, recorded one save to earn the win in goal. Tiffany Sornpao of Kennesaw State made eight saves in a losing effort for the Owls.

The Paladins managed a 15-9 edge in total shots and fashioned a 10-1 advantage in shots on goal as the Furman defense dominated for most of the afternoon.

Furman returns home to host VMI in the Southern Conference opener for both schools on Friday, September 22, at 7 p.m. before entertaining UNCG next Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased beginning one hour prior to kickoff at the Stone Stadium gate or online at FurmanPaladins.com.

Links for live statistics through StatBroadcast and the live video stream via the SoCon Digital Network are available at FurmanPaladins.com. Watch for in-game updates and highlights on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information