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Althoff, Hull Guide Furman Women’s Soccer To Fifth Straight Win, 3-1

Alyssa Althoff
Alyssa Althoff
Greenville, S.C. – Left back Alyssa Althoff tallied two first half goals and goalkeeper Rose Hull denied Jacksonville on a 31st minute penalty kick as the Furman women's soccer team claimed its fifth consecutive victory with a 3-1 triumph over the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The win improved Furman to 6-1-0 on the season, including 5-0 in the friendly confines of Stone Stadium, while Jacksonville fell to 2-4-1.

Althoff, a Greer, S.C., native, opened the scoring at the 21:01 mark by rising above her defender and heading a Martha Hall corner kick past JU goalkeeper Jill D'Amico to give the Paladins a 1-0 lead.  The Dolphins answered just 62 seconds later as Raquel Weckhurst was played behind the Paladin defense by Sarah Moghadas before firing a shot past Hull at the 22:03 mark.

Furman pulled back in front in the 28th minute when Hannah Stanifer blasted a shot towards goal that rebounded into the path of Althoff who hammered a shot into the open net at 27:14 to restore the Paladins' one goal lead.

Jacksonville looked to equalize in the 31st minute after Furman was whistled for a hand ball at the top of the box and the Dolphins were awarded a penalty kick.  Weckhurst's shot from the spot was batted wide by Hull as she dove to her right to preserve the 2-1 Furman lead.

The Paladins put the match away in the 72nd minute when Stanifer served a cross into the middle of the 18-yard box for Stephanie DeVita.  The freshman settled the cross and lined a shot into the right corner for her seventh goal in seven matches as a Paladin.

Furman managed a 12-9 edge in shots, including 8-3 advantage after halftime.  Hull notched three saves to register the victory in net while D'Amico recorded two saves for Jacksonville.

Furman will be idle until September 16, when the Paladins host Stetson in a 1 p.m. contest at Stone Stadium.