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Weaver’s Penalty Save Helps Furman Prevail At Presbyterian, 1-0

Caitlyn Reilly
Caitlyn Reilly

Clinton, S.C. -- Junior Kellsey Weaver saved a second-minute penalty kick and Claudia Murphy netted her second goal of the season to lead Furman to a 1-0 victory over Presbyterian in non-conference women's soccer action on Thursday night at Martin Stadium.

With the victory, Furman moved to 3-0-0 on the season and improved to 13-0-1 in its last 14 regular season matches dating back to last season. The Blue Hose dropped to 0-1-0.

After Furman was whistled for a hand ball in the box following a PC corner kick, Weaver made a diving save on Preston Robinette's penalty attempt to keep the match scoreless. The Paladins registered seven shots in the first half and had several chances to take the lead. In the final 15 minutes of the period, Erin O'Hearn had a free kick pushed wide of the left post and Arianna Milicia's point-blank shot in the 44th minute was stopped by Presbyterian's Megan Serrano.

In the 62nd minute, freshman MG Farr found space down the right side and served a cross into the box that Murphy chested past Serrano from inside the six-yard box to break the scoreless tie.

"Kellsey made an outstanding stop to pick us up early in the game and we got a really nice goal early in the second half from Claudia," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "It was important for us to go on the road and get the win. Now we'll have some time to focus on improving on the practice field before returning to action next Friday."

Weaver made two saves for the Paladins in the first half, while Allie Cutler came on to stop one shot in the second half to help Furman record its first shutout of the campaign. Serrano posted six saves for the Blue Hose in a losing effort.

The Paladins finished with a 17-6 advantage in total shots and 7-3 edge in shots on goal.

Furman is idle until it returns home to host the Kennesaw State Owls at 7 p.m. on August 31, at Stone Stadium. A combined men's and women's soccer season ticket is on sale at FurmanPaladins.com for $30 and includes admission to all men's and women's home games and a limited edition Furman Soccer Scarf for the first 100 customers. Single game tickets are now on sale for $5 each and also available at FurmanPaladins.com.

The Kennesaw State match will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network with live statistics available through StatBroadcast. Links for both are posted at FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can also follow live score updates throughout the match on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information