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Furman Drops SoCon Opener at ETSU, 1-0

Jordan Evens
Jordan Evens

Johnson City, Tenn. -- Rachel Harbin scored off a Furman turnover in the 41st minute to lift ETSU to a 1-0 victory over the Paladins in the Southern Conference women's soccer opener for both schools Friday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn.

After Furman dominated the majority of possession and the chances in the first half, the Bucs (2-7-0, 1-0-0 SoCon) stole a 1-0 lead at the 40:53 mark as Harbin intercepted a clearance attempt by Paladin goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver and slotted a shot past the junior for the lone goal of the match.

The Paladins (5-3-0, 0-1-0 SoCon), who outshot ETSU 15-5 in the first half, continued to created chances throughout the rest of the game, but were unable to find the equalizer. Claudia Murphy produced the Paladins' best chance in the 69th minute when she was played in behind the ETSU defense, however, the Bucs' Lea Ann Cutshall came off her line to redirect the shot wide of goal.

In the final minute of the game, Erin O'Hearn lofted a long range shot that looked goal bound, but Cutshall pushed the shot over the bar and the Bucs defended the corner kick to secure the win.

Furman finished with a commanding 24-10 advantage in total shots, including a 9-5 edge in shots on target. Cutshall recorded nine saves for ETSU to earn the shutout, while Weaver stopped two shots and Furman registered a pair of team saves in the loss.

The Paladins return to action on Sunday at Western Carolina. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information