Spartanburg, S.C. – Freshman Jamie Alexander hammered a 22-yard strike past Wofford goalkeeper Kimberly Cohn in double overtime to lift Furman to a 3-2 victory over the Terriers in the regular season finale for both teams on Wednesday night at Snyder Field.
With the victory, Furman improved to 14-3-2 overall and 7-2-2 in the Southern Conference to clinch third place in the final regular season standings. The Paladins will open SoCon Tournament play at 4 p.m. on Sunday when they host No. 6 seed Davidson on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium. Wofford finished its season at 6-10-2 overall and 1-8-2 in the league.
Less than two minutes into the second overtime period, Alexander received a pass in the midfield. She took a touch towards the top of the box before crossing the ball to her left foot and lining a strike into the left-hand corner at the 101:43 mark for her second goal of the night and the match-winner.
After trailing 2-0 at the half, Wofford forced overtime by scoring twice in the opening 13 minutes of the period. The Terriers got on the board in the 54th minute when Alex Kachulis' free kick deflected off of the wall and into the path of Maggie Bosley who slotted a shot across the face of goal to the right corner. Kachulis equalized for the Terriers on 58 minutes as a loose ball bounced out of the box and the midfielder floated a 25-yard effort to the upper left-hand corner.
The Paladins, who fashioned a 25-5 shots edge on the night, pressed to find the go-ahead goal by forcing Cohn into several saves over the final 30 minutes, but the Wofford defense held to force extra time. Furman created the only three chances of the opening overtime period before Alexander notched the winner 1:43 into the second 10 minute period.
Furman opened the scoring at 6:55 as Caitlin Shelton played a centering pass to Martha Hall at the top of the box and the senior tucked a shot in the lower right-hand corner for her third goal of the season.
Freshman Jamie Alexander doubled the Paladin advantage at 37:41 on her third tally of the campaign. Shelton swung a cross towards that top of the box that Alyssa Althoff headed into the path of Alexander who beat Terrier goalkeeper Kimberly Cohn with a one-timer to the right side.
Maggie Grisell came off of the bench to claim two saves and earn the victory for the Paladins. Cohn stopped nine shots in the loss for Wofford.
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