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Furman Women’s Soccer Holds Off Chattanooga, 1-0

Erin Houlihan
Erin Houlihan

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman grabbed its first Southern Conference women's soccer victory of the season on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 triumph over Chattanooga on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.

The win improved the Paladins to 6-5 overall and 1-3 in league play, while the Mocs slipped to 6-5-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the SoCon.

"It was simply good to get a win today," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "We scored a nice goal in the first half and looked really worn down in the second half, but we defended well and didn't give up many chances.

Furman had plenty of chances of its own to break a scoreless tie in the early going. Freshman Isabella Gutierrez forced a save in the first three minutes and junior Caitlyn Reilly was denied by Chattanooga goalkeeper Ashton Shields on a breakaway attempt in the fifth minute before firing her rebound shot wide. In the 15th minute, junior Arianna Milicia drove a left-footed shot off the post as Furman continued to apply the pressure to the Mocs defense.

The Paladins found the go-ahead goal in the 39th minute as senior Stephanie Arrington dribbled through the midfield and led freshman Erin Houlihan with a through ball. Houlihan split two defenders with her run and fired a shot through the legs of the charging goalkeeper for her fourth goal of the season at the 38:26 mark.

Furman nearly upped the margin to two goals in the 64th minute, but a Mocs defender poked senior Virginia Poe's goal-bound header off of the line. Chattanooga began to control possession midway through the second period, however, the Paladin defense held the Mocs to just one shot on target over the final 45 minutes.

The Mocs best scoring chance came with 8:37 to go when their leading goal scorer Chloe Arnold ran onto a ball at the top of the box and looked to have a breakaway, but Poe made a sliding challenge to clear the ball out for a corner kick to prevent the one-versus-one opportunity.

Goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver recorded three saves to earn her second shutout of the season for the Paladins, while Shields stopped five shots for the Mocs before being substituted at the half.

Furman finished with a 17-8 advantage in total shot attempts and 7-3 edge in shots on goal.

The Paladins return to action next Friday, October 5, at UNCG before facing VMI in Lexington, Va., on Sunday, October 7.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information