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Paladins Down Kennesaw State in Overtime

Paladins Down Kennesaw State in Overtime

 

Kennesaw, Ga. -- Abby Shields scored with 24 seconds remaining to give the Paladins the 10-9, come-from-behind, overtime win over Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon. The win moves Furman to 4-8 on the year, while the loss drops the Owls to 4-8. 

Shields led the Paladins with three goals and an assist, while Grace Pollak added two goals and two assists on the day. Hannah Demis added a team-high three assists and a goal, while Courtney Baker picked up her third-straight win in goal, making 13 saves.

The Owls jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the game's first five minutes, before the Paladins responded with goals from Britt Douglass and Pollak to cut the lead to 3-2 with just over 19:00 remaining in the first half. KSU used a goal by Siena Gore to push the lead back to two at 4-2, but the Paladins got a goal from Pollak and a goal from Sophie Brennan as time expired to tie the game at four at halftime.

Kennesaw State opened the second half with back-to-back goals, before Furman again responded with back-to-back goals of its own to tie the game at six with just under 23:00 remaining. The Owls once again used two-straight goals to regain the lead at 8-6, but Furman got scores from Isabelle Walsh and Abby Shields to tie the game at 8 with just under 17:00 to go.

Kennesaw State again regained the lead at 9-8 with 12:14 remaining, but the Paladins responded again, getting a goal from Hannah Demis to send the game to overtime tied at nine.

Courtney Baker made two huge saves in overtime for the Paladins and following a ground ball by Allie Shell and a successful clear, Furman got the game-winner from Abby Shields on an assist from Grace Pollak with just 24 seconds remaining in the overtime period.

KSU was led by Siena Gore with three goals and five draws, while Anna Giulitto netted two goals and Lauren Hoffman made eight saves.

The Paladins are back in action on Friday, hosting Central Michigan inside Paladin Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. matchup.