Furman Women’s Soccer Plays To 2-2 Draw At Samford

Hannah Stanifer
Hannah Stanifer

Birmingham, Ala. – Hannah Stanifer and Stephanie DeVita scored second half goals to rally Furman from a two goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Samford in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Thursday night in Birmingham, Ala.

With the Paladins trailing 2-0 in the 54th minute, Stanifer beat her defender at the left corner of the box to head in an India Robinson corner kick past Samford goalkeeper Melissa Montgomery for her third goal of the season to cut the deficit in half.  Furman turned up the pressure on the Bulldog defense, forcing four second half saves, including a save off of the line by a Samford defender on a Jamie Alexander strike midway through the period.

DeVita finally notched the equalizer with just 25 seconds remaining in regulation when she took a pass from Catie Moore and hooked a shot into the back of the net from 20 yards out on the right wing for her SoCon leading 11 goal in 11 matches.

"I was very proud of our team's effort in the second half," said Furman coach Andrew Burr.  "We fought back, scored two outstanding goals and played with tremendous energy after falling behind."

The Paladins (8-2-1, 1-1-1 SoCon) outshot Samford (5-5-1, 2-0-1 SoCon) 8-3 over two overtime periods and forced the Bulldogs into five saves in extra time before settling for the draw.

Freshman Rose Hull stopped seven shots for the Paladins on the night while Montgomery turned away 10 for the Bulldogs.

Furman managed a 21-16 edge in shot attempts that included a 13-9 advantage in shots on goal.

The Paladins return to Stone Stadium to open a five-match homestand on Sunday afternoon when they host the Chattanooga Lady Mocs.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

Tickets for Sunday's match are $3 for adults and $1 for children.  Furman students receive free admission with a valid student ID.

Fans can follow live statistics and live streaming video for the match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com and can access live updates via Twitter by following @FurmanPaladins.