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Paladins Host ETSU In SoCon Women’s Soccer Championship Quarterfinal Round On Sunday

Molly Dwyer
Molly Dwyer

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman begins its quest for a seventh Southern Conference Tournament crown and eighth NCAA Tournament appearance when it hosts ETSU in the quarterfinal round of the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship at 2 p.m. Sunday on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

Tickets for the match are $5 and can be purchased online at FurmanPaladins.com or at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff. A 10-ticket pack is available for $20 online only by using the promo code "Forever" at checkout.

Furman captured a share of its eighth SoCon regular season title and earned the tournament's No. 1 seed by playing to a scoreless draw against Samford last Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. The winner of Sunday's match between the Paladins (12-2-2, 8-0-1 SoCon) and Bucs (6-12-0, 3-6-0 SoCon) will advance to face the winner of No. 4 seed Western Carolina and No. 5 seed VMI in the semifinal round on Friday, November 3, at 6 p.m. ET in Birmingham. The championship match is slated for 2 p.m. ET in Birmingham on Sunday, November 5.

Sunday's match marks the 14th meeting between Furman and ETSU with the Paladins holding a 12-1-0 series lead. Furman cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Bucs in the regular season meeting between the schools on October 15, at Stone Stadium as the Paladins posted four first-half goals.

The potent Paladin offense, which has tallied a league-best 43 goals in 16 matches, is led by senior Molly Dwyer's nine goals and seven assists. The Knoxville, Tenn., native has tallied five match-winning scores, including three in SoCon play. Sophomores Treva Aycock and Caitlyn Reilly have contributed eight goals and five assists and seven goals and six assists, respectively, while senior Rachel Shah has paced the SoCon with eight assists.

Furman's defense has allowed just one goal since September 1, and just eight goals in 16 matches on the season. Sophomore Kellsey Weaver has fashioned a 0.54 goals against average in net and league-best .837 saves percentage to help the Paladins to 11 shutouts.

ETSU snapped a three-game skid with a decisive 5-0 victory over Wofford in first round tournament action on Wednesday night in Johnson City, Tenn., to punch its ticket to the quarterfinal round. The Bucs are led by Eleonora Goldoni, who has netted 10 goals in 17 matches this season.

Fans can watch Sunday's match on the SoCon Digital Network and follow live statistics through StatBroadcast. Links for both the live stream and live statistics will be posted at FurmanPaladins.com. In-game updates will be available on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information