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Murphy, Houlihan Fire Furman Women's Soccer Past Campbell, 2-0

Caitlyn Reilly
Caitlyn Reilly

Greenville, S.C. -- Junior Claudia Murphy and freshman Erin Houlihan each found the back of the net and goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver notched a shutout as Furman blanked Campbell, 2-0, in women's soccer action Sunday afternoon on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.

With the victory, Furman improved to 4-1-0 on the season, while the Camels dropped to 1-4-0.

"We're happy to bounce back less than 48 hours after a loss and pick up the win this afternoon," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "Claudia and Erin each scored a nice goal and we created a lot of chances today. Kellsey made a great save at the end to get us the shutout."

Murphy opened the scoring in the 20th minute by heading Erin O'Hearn's corner kick past Campbell goalkeeper Erin Scott for her team-leading third goal of the campaign. Senior Virginia Poe threatened to double the lead with just seven minutes left in the half, but Scott dove with full extension to the left post to push wide Poe's header off of a set piece.

Houlihan matched Murphy with three goals by taking a Caitlyn Reilly pass and firing a shot into the top shelf at the 74:28 mark to increase the Paladin advantage to 2-0.

After a flurry of Furman chances, including two shots that were saved off the line by Campbell defenders, the Camels looked like pulling back a goal with under 10 seconds remaining, but Weaver made a sprawling save on a one-versus-one with Jessica Donald to preserve the shutout. Weaver finished with three saves, while Scott stopped seven shots for the Camels.

Furman held a 21-5 advantage in total shots and 10-3 edge in shots on target.

The Paladins return to action next Sunday, September 9, when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face the SEC's Kentucky Wildcats in non-conference action before hosting College of Charleston on Thursday, September 13.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information