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Reilly’s Hat Trick Powers First-Place Furman Past Wofford, 5-0

Caitlyn Reilly
Caitlyn Reilly

Greenville, S.C. -- Sophomore Caitlyn Reilly netted a hat trick and added an assist to power Furman to a 5-0 victory over Wofford in Southern Conference women's soccer action Friday night on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The victory improved the first-place Paladins to 9-2-1 overall and 5-0-0 in the SoCon. Furman extended its school-record shutout streak to seven matches and 630 minutes without surrendering a goal. Wofford fell to 5-7-1 overall and 1-3-1 in league play.

"As we've talked about all season, our first goal is to get the shutout and we did that again tonight," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr, who has led Furman to a 16-1-2 mark in its last 19 SoCon home matches. "We were also able to create a lot of early chances and score several first half goals, which gave us the chance to rest some people and give playing time to a lot of players tonight."

Furman broke the deadlock at the 15:08 mark when Molly Dwyer's shot was headed off the line by Wofford defender Cameryn Burke before Caitlyn Reilly headed into an empty net on the rebound for her fourth goal of the season.

Treva Aycock doubled the margin with the first of her two goals in the 19th minute. The sophomore took the ball in the midfield, out ran her marker and slipped a shot under the charging goalkeeper for her sixth tally of the campaign at 18:24.

In the 26th minute, Reilly pushed the Paladin lead to 3-0. The Charleston, S.C., native stole the ball in the midfield, dribbled by her defender into the left side of the box and lined a close-range shot that was saved. Reilly flicked the rebound over the sliding goalkeeper for her second score of the night.

Just over three minutes later, Dwyer fed a pass to Reilly in the middle of the field and the forward raced past two defenders before laying off a pass to Aycock to tuck away for her second score of the night. Reilly capped the scoring in the 59th minute by lining a shot to the lower left-hand corner from the top of the box after running onto a centering pass from Aycock on the right side of the box.

With the victory, Furman claimed its ninth straight triumph over Wofford and moved to 21-6-1 all-time against the Terriers.

The Paladins finsihed with an 18-11 edge in total shots and an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal. Kellsey Weaver made three saves in over 60 minutes of play and Allie Cutler stopped two shots in just under 30 minutes to combine on the shutout for Furman.

Alex Carroll recorded four saves for Wofford, while Mayson Liner turned away one shot for the Terriers.

Furman returns to action next Friday, October 13, at 7 p.m. when it hosts Western Carolina on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium. 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.

Tickets to Friday's match are $5 and can be purchased online at FurmanPaladins.com or at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information