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Furman Soccer Downs Air Force To Remain Unbeaten, 1-0

Emery May
Emery May

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Sophomore Emery May netted a first half goal and redshirt-freshman Ben Hale recorded seven saves as the Furman men's soccer team remained perfect on the 2017 season by knocking the Air Force Falcons from the ranks of the unbeaten on Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium.

May, a 2016 Southern Conference All-Freshman selection, took a pass from Connor Hubbard and beat Falcon goalkeeper John Wendt at the 26:36 mark to break the deadlock and provide the only offense Furman would need.

The win improved the Paladins to 4-0-0 on the season , while Air Force, who had grabbed a victory over No. 23 FIU last weekend, dropped to 3-1-0.

"I'm proud of the team for getting the result and finishing the trip with a pair of wins," said Furman head coach Doug Allison, who guided his squad to a 1-0 victory over fourth-ranked Denver on Friday night. "Coach (Brandon) Tucker is from Colorado and he did a great job of helping prepare our team for playing at the high altitude. We were able to get the early goal today and Ben Hale made some key saves."

Hale, a former goalkeeper for the United States U-19 National Team, upped his record in goal to 4-0 by turning away a career-best seven shots. The shutout marked the third straight for Hale as he helped Furman extend its shutout streak to 296:19.

Air Force managed a 13-6 edge in total shots and 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. Wendt stopped two shots for the Falcons in a losing effort.

The Paladins open the 2017 home schedule on September 12, at 7 p.m. versus UNC Asheville on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium. Tickets to all Furman home matches are $5 and can be purchased at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff or by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information