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Furman Rolls Past North Greenville, 8-1

Erin Houlihan
Erin Houlihan

Greenville, S.C. – Freshman Erin Houlihan netted a pair of goals and junior Caitlyn Reilly notched three assists as Furman cruised to an 8-1 victory over North Greenville in non-conference women's soccer action on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium Monday evening.

The victory improved the Paladins to 2-0-0 on the season and upped Furman's record at Stone Stadium to 13-1-1 in its last 15 home matches.

"It's always a good thing when you can go out and score eight goals," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr. "Once again, we were able to get playing time for everyone on the roster and learn a little more about our team and what we need to improve on moving forward."

All-Southern Conference midfielder Erin O'Hearn opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a well-placed chip over the NGU goalkeeper. Reilly and Houlihan picked up assists in the goal.

In the 13th minute, Reilly's header was blocked in the box and Houlihan pounced in the rebound for a tap in to double the margin. Less than four minutes later, Faith Hauberg played a pass down the right side to Houlihan. The freshman served a cross in front of goal and Ellie Laxer finished at 15:32 to increase the Paladin lead to 3-0.

After Karly Denaburg got North Greenville on the board with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to send the match to intermission at 3-1, Furman exploded for four goals in the opening 30 minutes of the second half. Senior Virginia Poe headed in an Arianna Milicia corner kick to start the run at 49:30 before Houlihan took advantage of a NGU turnover and scored from long range at 59:43.

Reilly fed a pass to Grace Baghdady, who netted her first collegiate goal at 61:14, and Isabella Gutierrez made it three goals in less than three minutes for Furman with a bending strike from the upper-left corner of the box just 1:25 later. Claudia Murphy capped the scoring with her first goal of the season on a Maddie Kulik assist at 74:11.

Furman managed a 30-2 advantage in total shots and 14-2 edge in shots on goal. North Greenville's Brianna Rowe and Annie Miller recorded three saves apiece, while Sarah Rinker made a sliding stop for the Paladins' only save of the night.

The Paladins return to action on Thursday when they travel to Clinton, S.C., to face Presbyterian at 7 p.m.