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Dwyer’s Overtime Goal Pushes Furman Past Chattanooga, 1-0; Paladins Remain Perfect In SoCon

Molly Dwyer scored her 9th goal of the year as Furman toppled Chattanooga in overtime, 1-0.
Molly Dwyer scored her 9th goal of the year as Furman toppled Chattanooga in overtime, 1-0.

Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Molly Dwyer scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 96th minute to propel Furman to a 1-0 victory over Chattanooga in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Furman upped its record to 12-2-1 overall and remained perfect in the SoCon at 8-0-0. The Paladins will play for the league's regular season title on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET when they face fellow unbeaten Samford in Birmingham, Ala. Furman's victory marked its 10th straight triumph, just one short of the school record, and gave head coach Andrew Burr's squad 12 wins for the seventh consecutive season.

"As we always say, our first goal is to get the shutout and we were able to do that again tonight," said Burr. "Kellsey and our defense played well and our offense played with some more urgency in the second half. We were able to create a lot of chances and finally finished one at the end."

With less than five minutes to play in the first overtime period, sophomore Caitlyn Reilly received a pass in the midfielder and split two Mocs defender at the top of the box with a through ball. Dwyer controlled the pass and slotted a shot to the left side to beat UTC goalkeeper Bailey Coppedge at the 95:47 mark as the Paladins claimed all three points and improved to 24-0-0 all-time versus Chattanooga.

Furman struggled throughout the night to find the back of the net. Treva Aycock and Sanon Williams had driving shots stopped in the first half, while Reilly flicked a shot over the head of Coppedge in the 18th minute only to have a defender clear that goal-bound effort off of the line. In the second half, Reilly was denied on multiple chances at the top of the six-yard box by outstanding saves from Coppedge, and Dwyer and Ellie Laxer both saw long range efforts clear the cross bar.

Coppedge finished with eight saves for the Mocs. Weaver turned away two shots to record her fourth shutout of the season for Furman and improve to 9-1-1 in goal. The Newnan, Ga. native, along with Furman's back line of Sanon Williams, Erin O'Hearn, Jordan Evens and Quinn Lombard, have allowed just one goal over the last 10 matches.

The Paladins, who outshot Chattanooga 15-1 after the halftime break, posted a 21-4 advantage in total shot attempts and 10-2 edge in shots on goal.

Sunday's regular season finale at Samford will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network. Links for the live stream and live statistics are available at FurmanPaladins.com. In-game updates can also be found on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.

The Paladins, who can clinch a SoCon regular season title with a tie or win on Sunday, have locked up a top two seed for the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship and will host a quarterfinal round match on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium on October 29, at 2 p.m. against an opponent to be determined. The semifinals and finals of the SoCon Tournament will be held at Samford November 3-5.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information