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Second Half Penalty Kick Lifts Elon Over Furman, 2-1

Stephanie DeVita
Stephanie DeVita

Greenville, S.C. – Elon's Mel Insley converted a penalty kick in the 59th minute and the Phoenix weathered late pressure from Furman to down the Paladins, 2-1, in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Sunday at Stone Stadium.

The loss halted Furman's 11 match unbeaten run at home and dropped the Paladins to 9-3-2 overall and 2-2-2 in SoCon play.  Elon upped its record to 4-6-5 overall and 2-1-3 in the league.

The Phoenix claimed the early lead in the 25th minute on Shannon Foley's first goal of the season.  Olivia Mackey curled a corner kick towards the top of the six-yard box and Foley out jumped her defender to head a shot into the center of the net at 24:09.

Furman answered just before on the half hour mark on freshman Stephanie DeVita's league-leading 15th goal of the season.  The Simpsonville, S.C., product received a pass in the center of the field and dribbled by three defenders before slotting a shot to the left-hand corner past the Elon goalkeeper at 29:10.

At the 58:28 mark, a Furman defender was whistled for a foul in the box and the Phoenix were awarded a penalty kick.  Insley stepped to the spot and lined a shot to the lower right-hand corner past a diving Rose Hull for her first tally of 2012.

Furman turned up the heat on the Phoenix over the last half hour by controlling a large majority of the possession and holding Elon without a shot, but the Paladins managed just one shot on goal and were unable to threaten Elon goalkeeper Kate Murphy.

Despite a 16-8 edge in shots, Furman held just a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal.  Murphy stopped five shots for the Phoenix while Hull turned away three shots in goal for the Paladins.

Furman will continue its five-match homestand on Friday when it hosts Western Carolina at Stone Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 8 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.