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Furman Posts Fourth Straight Shutout To Down UNCG, 2-0

Kellsey Weaver
Kellsey Weaver

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman scored on either side of the halftime break and Kellsey Weaver recorded five saves to lead the Paladins to their fourth consecutive shutout with a 2-0 victory over Southern Conference rival UNCG on Sunday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With the win, Furman improved to 6-2-1 overall and remained perfect in the SoCon with a 2-0 record. UNCG slipped to 4-6-1 overall and 0-2-0 in league play.

"I feel like our team chemistry reached an all-time high this weekend," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "This team continues to gel and they played extremely well together. We're getting solid goalkeeping and strong play out of our back line, the midfield is helping create chances and our forwards have helped us score two or more goals in four straight matches."

Furman wasted no time in grabbing the lead as sophomore Treva Aycock nodded in Rachel Shah's corner kick at the 4:21 mark to put the Paladins in front 1-0. Weaver kept the match even just after the half hour mark by making a lunging save to push Cienna Rideout's shot off the post and clear of danger after the UNCG attacker had found space on the left side of the box.

The Paladins came out of the locker room on the attack with Caitlyn Reilly forcing UNCG's Aiyanah Tyler-Copper into a sprawling save in the 47th minute. In the 55th minute, Aycock slipped between two defenders to win a loose ball in the upper left corner of the box and was shoved to the ground to earn the Paladins a penalty kick. Shah stepped to the spot and buried her chance for her first goal of the year to up the Furman advantage to 2-0.

Weaver notched another sliding one-versus-one stop in the 79th minute to keep the Spartans off the board as she improved to 3-1-1 in net this season. The shutout ran Furman's streak of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal to 360. Tyler-Cooper recorded four saves for UNCG in a losing effort.

Furman outshot the Spartans 14-10 and held a 6-5 edge in shots on goal.

The Paladins' victory marked their third straight over the Spartans at Stone Stadium and improved Furman to 5-1-2 in its last eight meetings with UNCG.

Furman returns to action next weekend when it visits Mercer on Friday night and The Citadel on Sunday afternoon. Coach Burr's squad returns to Stone Stadium to host Wofford on , Friday, October 6, at 6 p.m.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information