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DeVita Shoots Paladins Past Presbyterian, 2-0

Stephanie DeVita
Stephanie DeVita

Clinton, S.C. – Freshman Stephanie DeVita netted a pair of first half goals to lead Furman to a 2-0 victory over Presbyterian College in non-conference women's soccer action on Sunday evening at Martin Stadium.

With their third straight win, the Paladins improved to 4-1-0 while the Blue Hose slid to 0-5-0.

Less than 11 minutes into the match, DeVita took a pass on the left side and worked past two defenders across the top of the box before drilling a shot off the underside of the cross bar and into goal to put the Paladins ahead 1-0 at the 10:27 mark.  The eventual game-winner marked the fourth in four Paladin victories for the Simpsonville, S.C., native who has bagged five goals in five collegiate matches.

DeVita doubled the lead in the 34th minute after collecting the ball in the midfield and dribbling nearly 40 yards down the left channel before cracking a shot over the left shoulder of PC goalkeeper Sidney Fontenot at 33:46 to give Furman a 2-0 cushion.

Freshmen Rose Hull and Maggie Grissel combined to notch the shutout in goal with each keeper recording one save in 45 minutes of action.  Fontenot turned away 10 Paladin shots in her first career start for the Blue Hose.

Furman dominated the possession for most of the evening and built a 25-5 shots edge, including 12-3 on shots on goal.

The Paladins return to the friendly confines of Stone Soccer Stadium for two matches this week as they host UNC Asheville on Thursday at 7 p.m. before entertaining the Jacksonville Dolphins on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for both games are $3 for adults and $1 for children.  Fans can follow live statistics and live streaming video for each match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.