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Senior Day was a lovely affair for the Furman’s women’s soccer team on Sunday.

Kyndal Anderson and Nieva Gaither recorded goals to lead the Paladins to a 2-0 Southern Conference victory over the UNC Greensboro Spartans at Stone Stadium.

Furman, as of its final regular-season game, improves to 8-5-1 and 4-3 in SoCon play. UNC Greensboro drops to 3-6-6 overall and 2-3-2.

Anderson was one of eight Paladin seniors to be recognized prior to kickoff along with Grace Baghdady, MG Farr, Isabella Gutierrez, Faith Hauberg, Erin Houlihan, Lauren O’Hearn and Ellie Perkins.

The Acworth, Ga., native got Furman on the board less than two minutes into the contest on her team-leading 8th goal of the season. The Paladins had possession of the ball on their side of the field with Camryn Bolick receiving a pass from Baghdady near the far sideline. Bolick lofted a pass to the 18-yard box where Anderson’s header from nine yards went inside the right post past UNCG goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper. Bolick was credited with her 3rd assist of the year.

Gaither’s 5th goal of the season extended Furman’s lead to 2-0 in the 56thminute; she scored unassisted. The Lilburn, Ga. native stole the ball away from a Spartan player as they were attempting to clear from their side of the field. Gaither spun away and dribbled near the 18-yard box, beating another UNCG defender. Her left-footed attempt sailed over the head of Tyler-Cooper and into the top-left corner of the net from 20 yards away.

The victory was the 3rd straight at Stone Stadium for the Paladins as they finished the regular season with 6 home wins.

Jasmine Greene led Furman with 5 shots and Anderson provided 4, while Baghdady had a team-high 2 attempts on goal. Paladin goalkeeper Addison Corn earned her 7th win of the year, and 1st shutout, after tying a season high with 6 saves.

Four different UNC Greensboro players recorded 2 shots each while Parker Sikora added 2 attempts on goal. Tyler-Cooper finished with 4 saves.

The Spartans held a 16-15 advantage in shots while both teams had 6 attempts on goal. The Paladins led 5-2 in corner kicks.

Furman concludes its regular season next weekend, October 22-24, traveling to Mercer and The Citadel.

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Ross Funderburke

In Raleigh, N.C., Furman tied for 4th and junior Ross Funderburke (-1) tied for 19th as the men’s golf team completed play on Sunday at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate at Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Funderburke, from Roanoke, Va., teed off on No. 16 in the shotgun start and birdied holes Nos. 1 and 7 on the front nine. He posted consecutive birdies on 10 and 11 and a final birdie on No. 15 to fire a 68 with 5 birdies.  Funderburke finished 9 strokes back of individual medalist Nick Lyerly (-10) of UNCG, who posted a three-round total of 65-71-70=206.

Senior Jack Crosby carded an even-par 72 with 3 birdies in round three to tie for 22nd, while freshman Will Morlan (+3) tied for 38th after adding a 76 with a birdie on No. 10 in Sunday’s third round. Junior Walker Crosby (+4) posted a 72 with 5 birdies, including 3 straight from 3-5 and an additional birdie on 7, tying for 43rd. Sophomore Mac Scott (+5) tied for 47th after recording a 77 with a birdie on No. 11 in round three.

 Host N.C. State (-17) won the tournament by 5 strokes over UNCG (-12). Virginia Tech (-4) finished 3rd, while the Paladins (-3) tied for 4th with Lipscomb (-3).

Furman concluded the fall season with this tournament.  The Paladins will open the 2022 spring season at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate at Hilton Head Island, S.C., Feb 21-22.

T4 Furman 282 291 288 861 -3

T19 Ross Funderburke (2) 76 71 68 215 -1

T22 Jack Crosby (1) 72 72 72 216 E

T38 Will Morlan (5) 70 73 76 219 +3

T43 Walker Crosby (3) 73 75 72 220 +4

T47 Mac Scott (4) 67 77 77 221 +5

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Anna Morgan

Meanwhile -- and nearby, actually -- junior Anna Morgan (-5) tied for 8th Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational at the par 72, 6,393 yard UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Wake Forest (-17) won the tournament by 10 strokes over Clemson (-7).  Virginia Tech (-5) was 4rd, followed by Alabama (-2) in 4th.  Kentucky (-1) and Duke (-1) tied for 5th.  The Paladins (+7) finished in 11th place, ahead of, among other, Michigan State (+9), Maryland (+11), N.C. State (+12), Ohio 6State (+14), and SMU (+25).

A native of Spartanburg, Morgan teed off on No. 8 in the shotgun start. She birdied Nos. 14 and 17 and turned at 1-under.  Morgan added consecutive birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 to card a team-best 69 and finish 6 strokes back of individual medalist Rachel Kuehn of Wake Forest, who posted a 3-day total of 70-63-72=205.

Furman will conclude the fall season Oct. 29-31 at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C.

11 Furman 290 295 286 871 +7

T8 Anna Morgan (1) 71 71 69 211 -5

T47 Sophia Burnett (3) 72 75 74 221 +5

T52 Savannah Hylton (5) 77 74 71 222 +6

T61 Sarah-Eve Rhéaume (2) 70 75 79 224 +8

T64 Kyra Cox (4) 78 75 72 225 +9

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In Spartanburg, the Furman men’s soccer team netted goals in the 2nd half by Jacob Garzan and Jake Raine to defeat Wofford on Saturday evening at Snyder Field.

Furman improves to 3-7-1 overall and 2-2 in the SoCon, while Wofford drops to 3-8-1 on the season and 1-2-1.

The teams traded 1st-half goals with the Paladins striking first less than three minutes into the contest following an own goal by the Terriers. Wofford followed in the 16thminute when Brandon Oddy scored off an assist from Mitchell Myers to even the score at 1-1.

Garzon broke the tie during the 54thminute scoring his 3rd goal of the season with Josh Hosie getting credit for his 2nd assist.

Myers and Nic Parker had 4 shots each to lead Wofford and Parker added 3 attempts on net. Old concluded the game with one save. The Terriers held a 13-5 advantage in shots and 8-4 in attempts on goal. Wofford also led 10-2 in corner kicks.

The Paladins return home on Tuesday to host 9th-ranked Duke at 7 p.m.

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Rayanne de Oliveira recorded 9 kills as Mercer topped Furman, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-5) in volleyball on Saturday night at Hawkins Arena in Macon, Ga.

The Paladins fall to 6-12 overall and 1-7 in SoCon action, while the Bears improve to 11-8 overall and 7-1 in SoCon play.

For Furman, senior Neci Harris recorded 5 kills, while junior Sarah Turner added 11 assists.  Junior Andrea Aceveda logged 10 digs.

The Paladins host Wofford Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Alley Gymnasium.

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The Furman cross country teams won the USC Upstate Invitational Saturday at the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg, S.C. 

On the women’s side, Furman, which ranks 28th nationally, won the meet with 35 points. College of Charleston placed 2nd with 85 points, and UNC Asheville finished 3rd with 97 points.

The 10th-ranked Paladin men scored 41 points in the 17-team field for the victory.  Mercer was 2nd with 56 points, followed by UNC Asheville with 97 points. 

Sophomore Emily Little won the individual title on the women’s 5K course, posting a time of 17:38.7.  Junior Abigail Robertson was 2nd with a time of 17:44.0, and freshman Sierra Bower turned in a time of 18:33.5 for 8th place.  Sophomore Beth Connelly rounded out the top 10, crossing the line in 18:36.9, and sophomore Kylie Wittman finished 14th with a time of 19:004.

For the men, the Paladins placed four runners in the top 10 on the 8K course, including freshman Nick Goldstein, who finished 5th at 25:55.2, followed by freshman Foster Wilfong in 6th with a time of 25:59.0. Junior Adam Beucler placed 7th with a time of 26:06.0, followed by junior Mac Roberts in 8th place at 26:11.6. Junior Benjamin Seeber completed the Paladin scorers in 15th place at 26:35.3.

The Paladins, 8-time defending SoCon Champions, will compete at the league championships Oct. 30 in Lexington, Va.

Three 2nd-half goals, including a career-high 2 by Nieva Gaither and another by Kyndal Anderson, enabled Furman’s 3-2 women’s soccer win at Friday evening.

Furman improves to 7-5-1 and 3-3 in SoCon play, while VMI falls to 3-12-1 overall and 0-5-1.

The Keydets scored twice within the game’s opening 12 minutes to hold an early 2-0 lead. Riley Flanagan recorded a goal less than two minutes into the contest and later assisted on Whitney Edwards-Robinson’s goal during the 12thminute.

Furman outshot the Keydets 23-2 in the 2nd half and closed out the contest scoring three times over the final 21 minutes.

The Paladins took a season-high 35 shots in the contest and held a 20-4 advantage in attempts on goal. Furman also led 12-1 in corner kicks.

Lauren Deaton posted 12 kills to lead the Samford volleyball team past Furman, 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 30-28), Friday night at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala.

The Paladins drop to 6-11 overall and 1-6 in SoCon action, while the Bulldogs improve to 4-15 and 3-5.

Freshman Bella Tolone recorded 10 kills to lead Furman, and sophomore Kelsey Watkins led the Paladins with 7 blocks. Junior Sarah Turner notched a team-high 14 assists, while sophomore Ella Abraham logged 13. Junior Andrea Aceveda tallied 14 digs to lead the Paladins, and sophomore Maya Mrus added 11 digs.

Kayla Keshock led the Bulldogs with 39 assists and seven digs, while Kate Morgan also added 7 digs.

The 10th-ranked Furman men’s team finished 9th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Friday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wis., while the 28th-ranked Paladin women placed 23rd,

The men faced 17 teams in the top 30 and scored 302 points to place among the top 10 on the 8K course. Sixth-ranked Iowa State won the meet with 88 points, followed by 3rd-ranked Stanford in second with 104 points. No. 12 Tulsa was 3rd with 160 points.

On the women’s side, No. 3 New Mexico won the meet with 92 points, and top-ranked N.C. State was 2nd with 102 points. No. 2 BYU placed 3rd with 152 points. The Paladins scored 592 points on the 6K course. 

Senior Cameron Ponder paced the Paladins, finishing 37th with a time of 23:55.1, while senior Aaron Wier turned in a 47th-place finish at 24:02.1  Senior Daniel Bernal placed 64th with a time of 24:10.7, and sophomore Dylan Schubert was 70th at 24:13.4.  Sophomore Carson Williams completed the Paladin scorers in 85th place at 24:24.3.

Sophomore Bethany Graham led the women for the 4th meet in a row, placing 11th with a time of 20:20.1  Freshman Kaylie Armitage posted a time of 21:23.6 for 113th place, and sophomore Madelynne Cadeau was 148th at 21:38.2.  Rookie Meghan Ford finished 160th with a time of 21:44.2, and sophomore Megan Marvin turned in a time of 21:49.0 for 171st place.  Junior Nicole Matysik was 193rd at 21:59.5.