Greenville, S.C. – Freshman Stephanie DeVita curled a 22-yard shot into the upper right-hand corner in the 93rd minute to lift the Furman women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Clemson before a crowd of 1,687 on Friday night at Eugene Stone III Soccer Stadium.
The victory, Furman's fourth in the last five years versus the Tigers, improved the Paladins to 2-1-0 on the season. Clemson slipped to 2-1-0 on the campaign.
With under eight minutes remaining in the first overtime period, DeVita chased down a loose ball in front of the Furman bench and flicked a pass to herself over her shoulder to beat the closest defender. The Simpsonville, S.C., native dribbled to the left corner of the 18-yard box and lined a curling shot inside the near post for her second match-winning tally in as many home games.
"I thought it showed a lot of character from our group tonight," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "Clemson's obviously a very good team and someone we were going to be up for. I thought the last 10-15 minutes of the game they were solid and has us backed in some, but our girls showed a lot of fight and character."
Clemson dominated the chances in the opening half by outshooting the Paladins 9-3, but freshman goalkeeper Rose Hull recorded three stops in the Paladin goal to send the match to halftime at 0-0. The Tigers came close to grabbing the lead with less than nine minutes left in regulation when Liska Dobbertsein fired a one-timer from the top of the box that Hull pushed wide of the left post with a diving effort.
Furman threatened to steal the victory in regulation just four minutes later as DeVita turned a header towards the Clemson goal only to have Hunter Rittgers come up with a sprawling save to assure overtime.
The Tigers finished the match with a 14-10 edge in shots and 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. Clemson won four corner kicks to just one for the Paladins. Rittgers notched one save in the loss while Hull finished with six stops to earn the victory for Furman.
Clemson returns home to host Presbyterian on Sunday. Furman will entertain the Troy University Trojans in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday at Stone Stadium.
Fans can follow live statistics, live streaming video and play-by-play commentary of the match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.