Greenville, S.C. – Furman poured in five goals in a 23-minute stretch, including four after halftime, en route to a 5-1 victory over Chattanooga in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Stone Stadium.
After Furman (9-2-1, 2-1-1 SoCon) fired over 20 shots at the Chattanooga (2-7-1, 0-4-0 SoCon) net in the opening 41 minutes without a goal, sophomore Hannah Stanifer, who had already rattled the cross bar twice, put the Paladins in front at 41:39 on her fourth goal of the season. Stanifer, at the top of the box, received a pass from Caitlin Shelton and curled a 20-yard effort into the upper right-hand corner with her left foot to break the deadlock.
Following the restart, Shelton doubled Furman's lead with her third tally of the season at the 46:49 mark. The Paladins pressured the Lady Mocs' goal and Shelton ran onto a bouncing clearance to volley a shot into the left-hand corner past a diving Chattanooga goalkeeper.
"We created many opportunities today, although I would love to see us finish a few of them early in the game," said Furman coach Andrew Burr. "Our play out of the midfield, however, was good and we were able to establish a good flow. It's always good to win at home."
Less than seven minutes later, freshman Stephanie DeVita added to her SoCon leading goal total by heading a long Ali Simpson free kick back across the face of goal and inside the right post to give the Paladins a 3-0 lead in the 54th minute. DeVita, who is the nation's leader in goals scored among freshman, netted her 13th of the season less than 19 minutes later. India Robinson chipped a long ball over the UTC defense and DeVita won the race to the ball before slotting a shot between the Lady Mocs keeper Lauren Thomas and the near post at 72:02.
Junior Dee Makris upped the Paladin lead to 5-0 at the 74-minute mark as Ellen Moore set up Kristin Fennegan on the right wing for a cross into the box. Makris took a touch and fired past Thomas from inside six yards for her second goal of the campaign.
Chattanooga avoided the shutout as Tayler Shelby headed in a Hannah Wyatt corner kick at 75:05 for her first goal.
Furman attempted a school-record 49 shots, held a 49-5 edge in shots and compiled a 24-1 advantage in shots on goal on the afternoon. The Paladins earned 15 corner kicks while the Lady Mocs were awarded three corners.
Freshman Rose Hull earned the victory in goal for the Paladins and Thomas suffered the loss for Chattanooga despite recording 19 saves.
The victory improved Furman to 19-0-0 all-time against Chattanooga and upped the Paladins 2012 home record to 7-0.
Furman continues its homestand on Friday night when it hosts rival UNCG. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Tickets for Friday's match are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Furman students receive free admission with a valid student ID.
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