Weaver Helps Women’s Soccer Blank Mercer, 1-0; First-Place Paladins Notch Fifth Straight Shutout

Weaver Helps Women’s Soccer Blank Mercer, 1-0; First-Place Paladins Notch Fifth Straight Shutout

Macon, Ga. -- Sophomore Kellsey Weaver notched a career-high eight saves to lead first-place Furman to a 1-0 victory over Mercer in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Friday evening in Macon, Ga.

The victory, Furman's fifth straight triumph and fifth consecutive shutout, improved the Paladins to 7-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the SoCon. Mercer dropped to 7-5-0 overall and 1-1 in league play.

"It's great to get another shutout and always important to win on the road in Southern Conference play," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr, who has guided his side to a 16-3-1 record in its last 20 SoCon regular season contests. "Treva Aycock scored an outstanding goal and Kellsey Weaver made several big time saves for us tonight. We were able to play as a team tonight and grind out a victory in conference play."

Furman got the better of the offensive chances in the early portion of the match and broke through on Aycock's fifth goal of the season at the 31:11 mark. Jenny Allen fed a pass to Caitlyn Reilly who touched the ball to Aycock. The sophomore cut inside a pair of Mercer defenders on the left side of the box and curled a shot across goal and off the inside of the right post to give the Paladins a 1-0 lead.

The Bears turned up the pressure on the Paladins' defense in the second half, but Weaver delivered several sprawling saves to secure the shutout and extend Furman's scoreless run to 450 minutes. Weaver turned away eight shots, including five shots on goal in the second half, to record her second shutout of the season and Furman's sixth clean sheet in 10 games. Jordyn Ebert finished with six stops for the Bears.

The Paladins held a 13-11 advantage in total shots, but Mercer held Furman to just two shots on goal over the final 45 minutes to take an 8-7 edge in shots on target.

Furman returns to action on Sunday when it faces The Citadel in a 2 p.m. kickoff at Washington Light Infantry Field in Charleston, S.C. Sunday's contest will be the 18th series meeting between Furman and The Citadel. The Paladins hold a 15-2-0 series lead and downed the Bulldogs, 3-0, last season.

Fans can watch Sunday's match on the SoCon Digital Network and follow live statistics through StatBroadcast. Links for both the stream and live statistics will be available at FurmanPaladins.com.

Coach Burr's squad returns to Stone Stadium to host Wofford on Friday, October 6, at 6 p.m.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information