Greenville, S.C. – Furman raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead on its way to a 4-1 victory over the Stetson Hatters in the non-conference women's soccer finale for the Paladins on Sunday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.
The win, Furman's sixth consecutive triumph, improved the Paladins to 7-1-0 on the season while Stetson dipped to 2-6-0.
Furman opened the scoring in the 18th minute when senior Martha Hall played Stephanie DeVita behind the Stetson defense and the freshman slotted a shot to the left side for her eighth goal of the season. Just 10 minutes later, DeVita slipped in behind the Hatters' defense again and was taken down in the box. Hall stepped to the penalty spot and blasted the penalty kick past Stetson goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli at 27:24 for her first goal of 2012.
DeVita capped the first half scoring run at the 36:05 mark with her Southern Conference leading ninth goal of the season. Ali Simpson sent a pass wide to the left side that Kristin Fennegan crossed through the box for the Simpsonville, S.C., native who fired across the face of goal and off of the left post to give Furman a 3-0 lead at intermission.
The Hatters got on the board in the 58th minute as Alyssa Welch collected a failed clearance near the top of the box and lined a shot past Furman goalkeeper Maggie Grisell for her third tally of the season.
Furman's Alyssa Althoff ended any suspense at the 78:44 when she got on the end of a Hall corner kick and bounced a shot into the right-hand corner for her third goal in the past two matches for the final 4-1 score line.
The Paladins managed a 21-12 edge in shot attempts, including a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Paladins earned eight corner kicks to just three for the Hatters.
Freshman Rose Hull made two first half saves, including a diving stop in the opening minutes of the match, to earn the victory in net for the Paladins. Troccoli stopped seven shots while taking the loss for Stetson.
Furman opens SoCon play next weekend with a two-game trip to Charleston, S.C. The Paladins face The Citadel at 4 p.m. on Friday before visiting College of Charleston at 1 p.m. on Sunday.