Paladins Overcome Jacksonville With Overtime Own Goal, 2-1
Jacksonville, Fla. – Furman netted an own goal just one minute into the first overtime period to claim a 2-1 victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins in non-conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Southern Oaks Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
The win extended Furman's unbeaten run to five matches and improved the Paladins to 5-2-1 on the season. Jacksonville fell to 5-4-0.
In the opening minute of the overtime period, Kristen Baker whipped in a line drive cross towards Jamie Alexander at the top of the six-yard box. A Jacksonville defender attempted to clear the cross, but she deflected the ball behind her and it slipped into the corner for the deciding goal.
"This was a good win for us against a very good Jacksonville team," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "It took us about 45 minutes to adjust to what they were doing, but we came out strong in the second half and were able to get the win."
After Jacksonville totaled seven shots in the opening 30 minutes, the Dolphins managed to grab the lead at the 30:09 mark as Kaitlyn Bassett headed in a Miranda Fyfe cross for her first goal of the season.
The Paladins began to apply the pressure to JU in the second half and broke through with the equalizer with just 11:59 to play on sophomore Stephanie DeVita's sixth goal of the season. India Robinson served a cross into the box that DeVita nodded past JU goalkeeper Sarah Sierra. The assist for Robinson was her league-leading eighth of the season and seventh in the Paladins' last four matches.
Furman finished with an 18-15 edge in shot attempts and 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Sophomores Rose Hull and Maggie Grisell each tallied a save for Furman with Grisell earning the win. Sierra stopped seven shots for the Dolphins.
Furman returns home for a pair of games next weekend. The Paladins will open Southern Conference play hosting The Citadel on Friday, September 27, at 8 p.m. before entertaining Francis Marion on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fans can follow live statistics for both matches at www.FurmanPaladins.com and receive live in-game updates by following @FurmanWSoccer on Twitter.
Tickets are available at $3 for adults and $1 for children. Furman students receive free admission with a valid Student ID.