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Auburn Holds Off Furman Women’s Soccer, 2-1

Hannah Stanifer
Hannah Stanifer

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Greenville, S.C. -- Auburn rallied from an early 1-0 deficit and held on in the final minutes to defeat Furman, 2-1, in non-conference women's soccer action Sunday afternoon on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The loss snapped Furman's 13-game home winning streak and dropped the Paladins to 1-1-0 on the season while Auburn upped its record to 1-1-0.

With the final seconds winding down in the first half, Auburn won a free kick in front of its own bench on the right wing.  Haley Gerken served a long ball into the box and Ashley Kotero headed the set piece past Furman goalkeeper Rose Hull with just six seconds before intermission to score the eventual winning goal.

The Tigers threatened to add to the lead several times in the early portion of the second half, but Hull registered three second half saves, including a pair of diving stops, to hold the score at 2-1.  Furman turned up the pressure on Auburn's back line in the final 20 minutes.  Sanon Williams and Kristen Baker each forced Tigers goalkeeper Alyse Scott into saves and Carlie Couch headed over the bar on a dangerous chance.

"We learned a tough lesson today against a quality SEC opponent," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr.  "Unfortunately, we had a mental lapse just before the half and gave away the free kick to set up the go-ahead goal.  Against a quality team like Auburn, you can't allow them free kicks and corner kicks.  We will go back to work this week and look to improve for Thursday's game against Mississippi State."

Furman grabbed the 1-0 lead at the 5:10 mark when Couch darted down the right wing to the edge of the box and passed back to Hannah Stanifer who lined a shot into the far side netting for her first goal of the season.

Auburn answered in the 28th minute as Hannah Alspach's cross found an unmarked Kristen Dodson, who headed in the equalizer.

Scott notched the win for Auburn with three saves while Hull made seven stops in the loss for the Paladins.

Auburn finished with a 13-8 edge in shots and 9-4 advantage in shots on goal.

The Paladins cap their season-opening three-match homestand on Thursday when they host Mississippi State at Stone Stadium.  Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m..  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children with Furman students receiving free admission with a valid student ID.

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Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information