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Men's Soccer Tops Presbyterian In Fourth Annual Quinn Game, 1-0

Quinn Cronin
Quinn Cronin

Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Laurence Wyke converted from the penalty spot in the 36th minute to lift Furman to a 1-0 victory over Presbyterian in the Fourth Annual Quinn Game for Down Syndrome Awareness on Saturday night at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With the victory in the 2018 home opener, Furman snapped a three-game skid and improved to 2-3-0 on the season. Presbyterian slipped to 0-5.

The Quinn Game is held each year to celebrate six-year-old Quinn Cronin, daughter of former Furman standout McNeil Cronin, and to raise awareness about Down Syndrome. McNeil Cronin and Paladin head coach Doug Allison addressed the crowd prior to the match before Quinn netted the ceremonial first goal.

Following the pregame festivities, the Paladins tested Presbyterian early with shots on goal from Rocky Guerra and Wyke. Furman produced the only score of the night in the 36th minute when Josiah Baker accelerated past a defender in the left side of the box and was taken down from behind to earn a penalty kick. Wyke stepped up a drilled his shot past PC goalkeeper Jan Hoffelner at the 35:17 mark to put Furman in front.

Baker, who totaled six shots on the night created several dangerous chances in both periods and forced Hoffelner into three of his four saves. Furman managed a 12-7 edge in total shots and finished with a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal against the Blue Hose.

Paladin goalkeeper Ben Hale stopped three shots to register his second shutout of the season.

Furman returns to action on Tuesday night at 7:00 when it hosts instate rival South Carolina at Stone Stadium. Tickets for Tuesday's match are $5 and can be purchased online at FurmanPaladins.com or at the Stone Stadium entrance beginning one hour prior to kickoff. Season tickets, which include admission to all Furman men's and women's soccer home matches, are available for $30 at FurmanPaladins.com and include a Furman soccer scarf for the first 100 fans.

The match will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network with live statistics available through StatBroadcast. Links for the video and live stats are available at FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access in-game updates of Furman men's soccer on Twitter by following @FurmanSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information