Boone, N.C. – Tyler Peoples' second half goal helped Furman claim a point in its Southern Conference opener as the Paladins and Appalachian State Mountaineers played to a 1-1 draw in Boone, N.C., on Sunday afternoon.
The deadlock snapped Furman's six-match winning streak but extended its unbeaten run to seven games as the Paladins moved to 7-1-1 on the season. The Mountaineers moved to 2-1-6 overall and 0-0-1 in the SoCon.
"This has been a long road trip and I'm proud of the guys for fighting hard in both games," said head coach Doug Allison, who guided his side to a 1-0 double overtime win at James Madison on Friday night. "We outshot Appalachian 22-7 overall in the game. We will come back to Furman and work on finishing our chances."
Appalachian State started out on the attack in the first half as Trey Hemphill forced the Paladins to clear a shot off of the goal line in the 11th minute. The Mountaineers found the breakthrough shortly after as Donovan Japp headed in Alex Herbst's cross at the 26:18 mark to hand ASU a 1-0 lead.
Furman turned up the pressure for the remaining 18 minutes of the period forcing the Mountaineers into three saves, but the Paladins trailed 1-0 at intermission.
The match turned more physical in the second half with Appalachian State defending its lead. The Mountaineers held the Paladins without a second half shot on goal into keeper Danny Free stopped Trevor Haberkorn's 74th minute effort.
Just moments later, Clint Ritter crossed a ball into the box and Peoples headed past Free to knot the match at 1-1 at the 75:27 mark. For Peoples, it was his fourth tally of the season and fourth in Furman's last five matches.
Appalachian State responded by forcing Paladin goalkeeper Sven Lissek into three more saves before the match headed to overtime. The Paladins outshot ASU 6-0 over two extra periods, but Free managed to handle the only two shots on target from Furman.
Free stopped six shots on the afternoon while Lissek turned away three Appalachian State attempts on goal.
Furman compiled a 22-7 edge in total shots and a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal.
The Paladins return to SoCon action on Tuesday night, October 8, when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., to face rival UNCG at 7 p.m.
Fans can follow live statistics of next Tuesday's match at www.FurmanPaladins.com and receive in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoccer.