Furman Blanks Bulldogs For School Record Sixth Straight Shutout, 1-0

Erin O'Hearn scored her first goal of 2017 and Furman recorded its school-record sixth straight shutout in a 1-0 win at The Citadel on Sunday.
Erin O'Hearn scored her first goal of 2017 and Furman recorded its school-record sixth straight shutout in a 1-0 win at The Citadel on Sunday.

Charleston, S.C. -- Sophomore Erin O'Hearn netted her first goal of the season and Furman recorded its school-record sixth consecutive shutout to down The Citadel, 1-0, in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Washington Light Infantry Field in Charleston S.C.

The victory improved the Paladins to 8-2-1 overall and 4-0-0 in SoCon play as Furman maintained its hold on first place in the league standings. The Citadel fell to 5-6-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the SoCon.

"Our No. 1 priority today was to get the shutout and we were able to do that," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "The Citadel is a hard-working team that is tough to break down so we are happy just to come away with the three points."

After a first half that saw the two teams combine for just eight total shots and The Citadel go down to 10 players when Ray Brown was shown her second yellow card in the 40th minute, Furman dominated the final 45 minutes with a 17-2 advantage in second-half shots.

O'Hearn, a native of Savannah, Ga., broke the scoreless tie at the 61:31 mark. Caitlyn Reilly played the ball forward to Treva Aycock down the right side and the sophomore whipped a low cross through the box that O'Hearn nodded past Citadel goalkeeper Logan Leask near the far post.

Furman forced 10 second-half saves, while Claudia Murphy rattled a shot off of the cross bar and Molly Dwyer was denied by the right post in the final 15 minutes.

Sophomore Kellsey Weaver stopped three shots to extend Furman's shutout run to 540 minutes. Leask, who entered for an injured Kaeley Johnston in the 54th minute, registered seven saves for the Bulldogs.

Furman finished with a 22-5 edge in total shots and 14-3 advantage in shots on target. The victory improved the Paladins to 17-3-1 in their last 21 SoCon regular season matches

The Paladins return to Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium on Friday when they host SoCon rival Wofford at 6 p.m. Fans can watch Friday'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.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information