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Shiels, May Rally Furman Soccer Past South Carolina, 2-1

Jack Shiels
Jack Shiels

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman scored twice in the final 10 minutes to erase a 1-0 deficit and down South Carolina, 2-1, in non-conference men's soccer Tuesday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.

Trailing by a goal, Furman earned a corner kick and defender Jack Shiels redirected Danny Kierath's set piece over the South Carolina goalkeeper at 80:52 for his first career goal to knot the match at 1-1. Just 46 seconds later, Jacob Garzon collected a failed clearance near the top of the box and slid a pass ahead to Emery May who buried his shot from inside the box to put the Paladins in front at 81:38. The go-ahead score marked the first goal of the season for May and the first career assist for Garzon.

"I'm really proud of our kids," said Paladin head coach Doug Allison. " We were down late and didn't fold. Jack and Emery each scored a nice goal and we were able to do it in front of a great crowd. Thanks so much to the students, especially, for coming out and supporting us tonight."

South Carolina (1-4-0) had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute when Justin Sukow pounced on a rebound after Ben Hale saved Luca Mayr's shot from the left side. Sukow slotted his shot inside the left post for the Gamecocks lone goal of the night.

Furman (3-3-0) finished with a 15-11 edge in total shot attempts and an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal. Paladin goalkeeper Ben Hale recorded four saves to earn the victory for Furman, while Ian Mcgrane stopped six shots for South Carolina.

The Paladins return to action next Tuesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. when they face Clemson at Historic Riggs Field.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information