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Four First Half Goals Pace Paladins Past ETSU On Senior Day, 5-0

Claudia Murphy
Claudia Murphy

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman netted four first half goals and five different players scored on the day as the Paladins rolled to a 5-0 victory over ETSU in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Senior Day Sunday afternoon on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.

The victory marked the ninth straight triumph for Furman and improved the first-place Paladins to 11-2-1 overall and 7-0 in SoCon play. Furman travels to Chattanooga for a 7 p.m. match on Friday, October 20, before closing the regular season with a 3 p.m. match at Samford on Sunday, October 22, that will decide the regular season champion and No. 1 seed for the upcoming SoCon Women's Soccer Championship. Sunday's loss dropped ETSU to 5-11 overall and 3-5 in league play.

Furman wasted little time taking control of the match. In the fifth minute, Treva Aycock stole a pass from the ETSU back line and slid the ball over to Molly Dwyer on the left side of the box to slot a shot past the goalkeeper at the 4:09 mark. Just over three minutes later, Caitlyn Reilly fed a pass to Dwyer on the left and the senior tapped a centering pass to Rachel Shah. The Alpharetta, Ga., native settled the ball before poking a shot past ETSU goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall at 7:15 to up the Paladin lead to 2-0.

Reilly extended the margin to 3-0 with a goal of her own at 21:55 as Shah picked up her SoCon-leading eighth assist. Shah curled a corner kick towards the near post and Reilly headed her shot into the top-netting for her seventh score of the season.

With less than three minutes to go in the half, Shah sent a free kick into the box from high on the right wing. Claudia Murphy pounced on the loose ball and tucked away her shot for her second goal of the season to give Furman a 4-0 lead at intermission.

"I thought it was a very professional performance by our team today," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr, of his squad's ninth consecutive victory. "We were able to come out and score several goals early and get playing time for a lot of players. It was a great way to honor the seniors for their final regular season home game."

Freshman Dani Moore capped the scoring with her first collegiate goal in the 76th minute. Jordan Evens played a long ball into the box that Murphy headed into Moore's path for a half-volley from the center of the box that beat Cutshall.

The Paladins finished with a 19-10 edge in total shots and 10-1 margin in shots on goal. Kellsey Weaver and Allie Cutler combined on the shutout for the Paladins with Weaver notching the only save of the contest for Furman. Cutshall claimed five saves for the Bucs.

The victory also improved the Paladins to 30-5-4 in their last 39 matches on Seagraves Field and 18-1-2 at home versus SoCon opposition during the same span.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information