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DeVita’s Penalty Kick Lifts Furman Over Georgia State In Overtime, 1-0

Stephanie DeVita
Stephanie DeVita

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Greenville, S.C. -- Junior Stephanie DeVita converted from the penalty spot in the 99th minute to lift the Furman women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over Georgia State in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime period, Furman freshman Rachel Shah curled a corner kick into the box that was cleared into her path.  After the midfielder collected the loose ball, she dribbled across the upper left-hand corner of the 18-yard box where the ball popped up off of her foot and struck a Georgia State defender.  The referee signaled a hand ball and DeVita buried the penalty kick into the left side of the net at the 98:19 mark to give the Paladins the 1-0 win.

Furman managed a 14-7 edge in shot attempts, including a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal for the match.  DeVita created the best threat in the opening minutes of the match after beating her defender down the right wing, but her shot was smothered by Panther goalkeeper Brie Haynes.  The Simpsonville, S.C. native came close again in the second half with a pair of headers that just cleared the cross bar and Shah narrowly missed giving Furman the lead midway through the second period when her shot across the face of goal was deflected wide of the post for a corner kick.

Georgia State registered just one shot on goal and only three total shots after intermission.  Furman's Rose Hull notched one save to claim the shutout while Haynes stopped six shots for the Panthers.

"We've been training all week in the middle of the afternoon to get ready for the heat and I think we suffered a little bit from it," said Hull.  "It was our first game out on this huge field, but the girls did well and everyone seemed prepared."

The Paladins continue their homestand on Sunday afternoon when they host Auburn.  Kickoff at Stone Stadium is set for 2 p.m.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children with Furman students receiving free admission with a valid student ID.

Fans can follow live streaming video and live statistics of the match by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information