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Furman falls to UVA in NCAA second round
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/18/2018
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Furman's Ben Hale
Courtesy: Todd Drexler

Charlottesville, Va. -- Virginia's Nathaniel Crofts netted a pair of second half goals as the 10th-seeded Cavaliers eliminated Furman, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

The Cavaliers (10-3-3) advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen to face the winner of Michigan and Notre Dame, while the Paladins concluded their season at 13-7-2.

"I'm so proud of our captains and all of our seniors," said Paladin head coach Doug Allison. "This team really came together down the stretch and went toe-to-toe with a very good, top 10 Virginia team today, holding them scoreless until the 78th minute. They've made this a memorable season for Furman and one that folks will be talking about for some time to come."

After Virginia controlled the opening few minutes, Furman took control during the middle of the second half and thought they might break the deadlock only to have appeals for a Virginia hand ball waved off midway through the half.

Virginia posted a 15-5 edge in total shots on the day, but were unable to break through until the 78th minute. Crofts played a give-and-go with Daryl Dike near the top of the box and found space on the return pass before slotting his shot into the left-hand corner at the 77:36 mark to put the Cavaliers in front 1-0.

Furman looked to push numbers forward in the final minutes and Virginia took advantage to net an insurance goal. Kennedy Nwabia slipped a through ball behind Furman's high back line and Crofts deposited his shot past the Paladins Ben Hale for his second goal of the day and fourth of the season at 84:36.

Marcel DaSilva stopped four Furman shots to earn the shutout for Virginia, while Hale saved five shots for the Paladins.

Virginia ended the match with a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.

Furman's NCAA Tournament appearance marked its 11th in school history and third in the last five seasons. The 14-time Southern Conference champions advanced to the second round of the tournament for the second time in the last three trips.


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