GREENVILLE, S.C. - After enduring a challenging start to the game where Furman (1-1-1) controlled the pace for the opening 20 minutes, the College of Charleston men's soccer team (2-1) found their groove and handed the Paladins a 2-0 defeat to snap a six-game winless streak against their former SoCon rivals.
• Avery Ryan snapped the gridlock in the 21st minute, gaining possession in the shallow end of the Furman zone, sprinting past the off-guard defenders, and shooting the ball low and away past keeper Jonathan Smith for his first goal of the regular season. His last strike was during the exhibition campaign, when he notched a hat trick against Queens.
• The Paladin defense stood strong against a strong Cougar assault, until Eli Dent finally broke through with a header in the 84th minute thanks to a harmless-looking lob that caught Furman unaware. The Cougars led the shot battle 6-3 at half, and continued to pour it on to eventually finish the game 15-7. CofC got quality chances, with 11 of their 15 shots finding their way on goal.
• Leland Archer was arguably the star of the game with his long passes, earning assists on both goals from passes at around midfield. His first to Ryan didn't travel far to its mark, at which point Ryan did the rest of the work. His second was a deep lob into the Furman box from past the midfield line, which found an opportunistic Dent waiting. Ryan was also credited with a secondary assist on that goal.
• Kevin Shields earned his second shutout of the season. Though he was only forced to make two saves on the night, it was an anxious night for the CofC defense as Furman found ways to take possession of the ball in the Cougar zone often. The defensive line in front of Shields did a good job at taking away quality chances from the Paladins.
• This was the Cougars' first win over Furman in Greenville since 2008, when the College prevailed 2-1. Steven Nagy got the unassisted game-winner in that one off a deflection at the beginning of the second half.
The Cougars will have a full week off to relish the victory and prepare for their next contest, which heralds the beginning of CAA play. CofC will host the Elon Phoenix at Patriots Point on Sep. 10 at 7 p.m.