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Furman Falls At Western Carolina, 3-1

Amanda Baker
Amanda Baker

Cullowhee, N.C. -- Western Carolina netted a pair of first half goals, including a header with three seconds left in the period, en route to a 3-1 victory over Furman in Southern Conference women's soccer action Sunday afternoon at the Catamount Soccer Complex.

The loss dropped the Paladins to 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the SoCon, while the Catamounts improved to 5-3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Emily Zipay gave the Catamounts a 1-0 lead at the 24-minute mark when Furman goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver came to the top of the box to play a high cross into the box. The ball was deflected to Zipay near the right corner of the six-yard box and she fired into an empty net for the opening goal.

Just three seconds before the halftime break, Reily Nelson played a left-footed cross to the top of the six-yard box from the left corner and WCU's Emma Haywood out-jumped Weaver to head in the cross for a 2-0 advantage.

After Erin Houlihan looped a shot off of the cross bar and Grace Baghdady line her effort off of the left post, Furman got on the board at the 74:29 mark on Amanda Baker's fourth goal of the season. The ball bounced free on the left side of the box and Baker beat WCU goalkeeper Natalia Icen to the spot to poke a shot into the left side of the net to trim the deficit to 2-1.

Western Carolina answered Furman's goal less than four minutes later as Nelson drew Weaver off her line and rounded the keeper to score into an empty net at 78:15 for the final 3-1 score line.

The Paladins managed an 11-6 edge in total shots and a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. Icen stopped six shots to earn the victory for the Catamounts, while Weaver suffered the loss for Furman.

SoCon play continues next weekend as Furman hosts Samford on Friday, September 28, at 7 p.m. before entertaining Chattanooga on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Stone Stadium.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information