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Free Kicks Help Furman Overcome ETSU In SoCon Quarterfinals, 2-1

Rachel Shah
Rachel Shah

Greenville, S.C. -- Rachel Shah and Jordan Evens scored on first half free kicks to erase a 1-0 deficit and lift Furman to a 2-1 victory over ETSU in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Conference Women's Soccer Championship Sunday afternoon on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With the victory, No. 1 seed Furman (13-2-2) advanced to face No. 4 seed Western Carolina in the semifinals on Friday, November 3, in Birmingham, Ala. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET. The winner will face the winner of Friday's Samford versus Mercer match in the championship match on Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

"It wasn't pretty match today, but I liked our fight," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "At this point in the season, it's just about surviving and advancing in the postseason. We'll take the victory and get ready for next Friday night."

ETSU (6-13-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. Furman was whistled for a hand ball in the left side of the box and Eleonora Goldoni stepped up to convert from the penalty spot at the 20:29 mark for her 11th goal of the season.

Furman equalized at 34:54 when Shah curled a free kick from the left wing into the far-side netting for her third score of the season. Less than five minutes later, defender Jordan Evens served a free kick into the box from 40 yards out that bounced through traffic and into the left corner to give the Paladins a 2-1 advantage at the 39:36 mark. The eventual game-winning score marked the first tally of the year for Evens.

Goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver recorded her only save of the match in the second half as the Furman defense held ETSU to just two shots on goal over 90 minutes to secure the victory and run its unbeaten streak to 12 matches.

The Bucs' Lea Ann Cutshall recorded four saves, while ETSU defender Pauline Vienne also saved a Furman shot off the line.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information