Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson women's soccer team netted a pair of goals in the final 13 minutes to down Furman, 2-0, in exhibition action on Friday evening at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C.
Catrina Atanda opened the scoring in the 78th minute by slotting a shot from the center of the box to the right corner after collecting a loose ball. Savannah Coiner doubled the Tigers' lead in the 80th minute. After winning the ball outside the box on the left side of midfield, she floated a shot over the head of Furman goalkeeper Holly Reilly.
"We told the team before the match that we weren't as concerned about the score tonight as we were preparing for next Friday's season opener at Georgia State," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "We were able to play 25 players tonight and our freshmen were able to get their first action against a very good opponent."
Clemson created a several dangerous chances in the opening minutes, but Rose Hull recorded a save and the back line kept the Tigers at bay. The Tigers managed a 22-2 edge in shots and 11-2 advantage in shots on goals.
Furman's best scoring opportunities came in the second half. Stephanie DeVita ripped a shot towards the near post from the left wing in the 53rd minute that Clemson goalkeeper Hunter Rittgers punched over the bar for a corner kick. In the 66th minute, Carlie Couch dribbled through three defenders, but Rittgers came off of her line to smother the sophomore's shot from the top of the box.
Hull finished with five saves for the Paladins in 45 minutes of action while Maggie Grisell notched four saves in 31 minutes in goal.
The Paladins open regular season play next Friday, August 22, when they host the Georgia State Panthers in a noon kickoff on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium. Admission to the match is free.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information