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DeVita Nets 16th Goal As Furman Topples Western Carolina, 1-0

Stephanie DeVita
Stephanie DeVita

Greenville, S.C. – Freshman Stephanie DeVita scored her NCAA Division I-leading 16th goal of the season less than five minutes before halftime as Furman recorded a 1-0 shutout of Western Carolina in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Friday evening at Stone Stadium.

With the victory, Furman improved to 10-3-2 overall and 3-2-2 in league play.  The Catamounts slipped to 6-8-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the SoCon.

In the 41st minute, India Robinson lined a low cross from the right wing that skipped through to DeVita on the left side of the box.  The Simpsonville, S.C., product played the ball around her defender and slotted a shot past WCU goalkeeper Jennifer Lauer for her league-leading sixth match-winning tally of 2012.

Freshman goalkeeper Rose Hull stopped three Catamount shots to make the lead stand up and earn her fourth clean sheet of the campaign as Furman reached double digit victories for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons.

"Today was all about playing our style of soccer, which was loads of possession, playing nice and simple and being dynamic in the final third," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr.  "I thought we played very, very well and I want to make sure our group realizes we need to have possession with a purpose and we've got to score some more goals going forward."

Furman registered a 24-9 edge in shot attempts, but managed just seven shots on goal to Western Carolina's three shots on target.  The Paladins compiled a 13-2 shots advantage after intermission and finished the match with a 7-3 margin in corner kicks earned.

Western Carolina created its most dangerous chance of the night with less than 15 minutes remaining in the first half when Tara Budnick turned a shot on goal from inside six yards that Hull kicked wide.  DeVita and Robinson forced Lauer, who finished with six saves, into a pair of stops on long range efforts before the lone goal of the night at the 40:17 mark.

Furman caps its 2012 home schedule on Sunday when it hosts Appalachian State for Senior Day at 2 p.m.  Prior to kickoff, the Paladins will honor fifth-year senior Martha Hall.

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

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