Statesboro, Ga. – Junior Caitlin Shelton netted a first half goal and freshman Stephanie DeVita, the nation's leading scorer, bagged her 17th goal of the season in the second half to lead Furman past Georgia Southern, 2-0, in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Friday evening in GSU's first night game at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga.
The victory improved the Paladins to 12-3-2 overall and 5-2-2 in SoCon play while Georgia Southern dipped to 6-7-4 overall and 2-6-1 in the league.
After putting early pressure on the Georgia Southern goal with three shots in the opening 13 minutes, Furman broke through on Shelton's fourth goal of the season at the 15:19 mark. The Raleigh, N.C., native played a give-and-go with India Robinson to get free at the top of the box and buried a shot from 15 yards. Robinson's assist was her league-leading seventh of the season.
The Paladins produced most of the chances in the early portion of the second half before doubling their lead at 71:50. Hannah Stanifer drew GSU goalkeeper Katie Merson off her line and sent a pass across the six-yard box that DeVita tucked into an empty net to move into sole possession of the national scoring lead with 17 goals in 17 matches.
Freshman goalkeeper Rose Hull, who totaled six saves on the night, stopped four shots in the final 17 minutes to preserve the Paladins' ninth shutout of the season and third consecutive clean sheet. The shutout marked Hull's sixth clean sheet of the season and dropped her league-leading goals against average to 0.60.
The Paladins finished with a 17-13 lead in shot attempts and 10-6 edge in shots on goal with most of the Eagles chances coming in the final 20 minutes.
Furman continues its stretch run of SoCon matches when it travels to face the Davidson Wildcats at Alumni Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. The Paladins conclude regular season play at Wofford on Wednesday night.
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