Late Strike Helps Georgia Slip Past Furman, 2-1
Athens, Ga. – Bella Hartley finished a long range shot into the right-hand corner of the net with 7:38 remaining in regulation to lift the University of Georgia to a 2-1 victory over Furman in women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at the Turner Soccer Complex in Athens, Ga.
With the loss Furman dropped to 1-1-0 on the season while Georgia upped its record to 2-0-0 and improved to 22-0-1 all-time against Southern Conference opposition.
Hartley, who recorded her first career goal, collected the ball outside the Furman 18-yard box and lofted a shot from nearly 30 yards into the far right-hand side netting to break the 1-1 deadlock with the eventual game-winner.
"I thought we gave a very good effort for 90 minutes and competed well against a team that is picked to finish near the top of the SEC East," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr. "We responded well after falling behind and Alyssa and Hannah linked up on a great goal."
Nikki Hill gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at the 34:06 mark on a miscommunication in the Furman defense. After goalkeeper Rose Hull made a sprawling save on a Bulldog shot, Hill chipped the ball into the middle of the box where Hull was screened by a defender and had the ball trickle past into an empty net.
Furman answered with an equalizer less than four minutes later on sophomore Hannah Stanifer's first goal of the season. Alyssa Althoff sent a bending cross to the middle of the box from deep on the left wing and Stanifer out jumped her defender to head the cross into the right corner at 37:19.
Georgia managed a 19-12 edge in shot attempts, but the Paladins and Bulldogs each totaled just eight attempts on goal. UGA held a 7-6 edge on corner kicks.
Ashley Baker recorded seven saves in goal for the Bulldogs to record the victory. Hull stopped two shots in 45 minutes of work while fellow freshman Maggie Grissell turned away three Bulldogs shots in the final 45 minutes.
The Paladins return to action on Friday when they host instate rival Clemson in a 7 p.m. contest at Stone Soccer Stadium.
Furman fans can follow live streaming video, play-by-play commentary and live statistics for Friday's match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.