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Furman Earns 4-4 Draw Versus Nationally-Ranked Wake Forest In Preseason Opener

Max Fisher
Max Fisher

Greenville, S.C. -- Junior Max Fisher saved a Wake Forest penalty kick in the 86th minute to help Furman earn a 4-4 draw in men's soccer preseason action Sunday night on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With Furman trailing 4-3, junior Emery May stripped the ball from the feet of the Wake Forest goalkeeper and buried a shot in the 66th minute to pull the Paladins even. A foul in the box in the 86th minute setup a penalty kick for the Demon Deacons' Bruno Lapa, but Fisher's diving stop helped Furman earn a share of the points.

"It was a great test for our team, after just beginning preseason training on Wednesday, to come out against the ACC champions and get a result," said Paladin head coach Doug Allison, now in his 24th year at the helm of the Furman program. "Max made a great play on the penalty kick and we were able to get a lot of playing time for a lot of guys tonight."

Wake Forest jumped in front at the 6:51 mark when Isaiah Parente tapped a shot into the empty Paladin net after Omir Fernandez's shot from the left wing caromed off of the cross bar. Furman's Laurence Wyke, the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year, answered for the Paladins at 15:57 by touching Danny Kierath's free kick past the goalkeeper from seven yards out to even the match.

Furman grabbed the lead less than three minutes later when Cole McLagan back-heeled a pass to Kierath who slotted his shot to the lower right-hand corner from the left side of the box. In the 36th minute, Dalton Souder nodded Jacob Garzon's corner kick home to extend the margin to 3-1 at the half.

Wake Forest's Justin McMaster pulled the Demon Deacons within a goal at 51:02 and Parente headed a McMaster cross into the back of the net in the 53rd minute to even the match at 3-3. Kyle McCurley gave the Demon Deacons a 4-3 lead by pouncing on a loose ball and slotted a shot in from 16 yards at 61:41 before May produced the equalizer.

Fisher finished with two saves for the Paladins, while starter Ben Hale stopped one shot. Wake Forest managed a 12-10 edge in total shots and 7-6 advantage in shots on goal.

Furman continues its preseason at 7 p.m. on Saturday when it hosts Winthrop at Stone Stadium. The Paladins open the regular season at Ohio State on August 24.

A combined men's and women's soccer season ticket is on sale at FurmanPaladins.com for $30 and includes admission to all men's and women's home games and a limited edition Furman Soccer Scarf for the first 100 customers. Single game tickets are now on sale for $5 each and also available at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information