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Women's Soccer Tops College Of Charleston In Non-Conference Finale, 2-1

Erin Houlihan
Erin Houlihan

Greenville, S.C. -- Juniors Caitlyn Reilly and Amanda Baker found the back of the net to pace Furman to a 2-1 victory over College of Charleston in the Paladins' non-conference finale Thursday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The victory upped Furman's record to 5-2-0 on the season and improved the Paladins to 15-2-1 in their last 18 matches at Stone Stadium. Charleston fell to 5-4-0 on the season and saw its three-match winning streak come to an end.

"This was a quality win for our team against a very good College of Charleston team and a great way for us to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr, who has guided Furman to an 18-5-2 mark since the beginning of the 2017 season. "We scored a couple of nice goals tonight and have certainly grown as a team since we started in early August."

Reilly opened the scoring at the 31:20 mark by making a run across the box to volley an Ellie Laxer corner kick inside the near post from 15 yards away for her second goal of the season. After goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver made a couple of key saves early in the second half, Furman doubled its lead at 77:27 as Reilly found space in the midfield and played a through ball to Amanda Baker in the left side of the box. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native slotted a shot inside the far post for her third goal of the campaign to up the margin to 2-0.

Charleston pulled a goal back less than three minute before full time when Mackenzie Crittenberger headed in a Laura Ortega cross at the right post at the 87:06 mark.

Despite being outshot 14-7 overall and 5-4 in shots on goal for the match, Furman held off the late charge by the Cougars to improve to 17-2-5 all-time versus CofC.

Weaver notched four saves to up her record to 4-1-0 in goal, while Genevieve Henderson turned away two shots for the Cougars.

Furman opens Southern Conference play on Friday, September 21, when it travels to face ETSU at 7 p.m.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information