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Dwyer, DeVita Fire Furman Past Mississippi State, 2-1

Molly Dwyer
Molly Dwyer

Greenville, S.C. -- Junior Stephanie DeVita blasted Hannah Stanifer's cross into the top netting with 52 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Furman to a 2-1 victory over Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State in women's soccer action on Thursday night at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The victory, Furman's second in as many seasons against the Bulldogs, improved the Paladins to 2-1-0 on the season.  Mississippi State slipped to 0-3.

With the match knotted at 1-1 and less than one minute remaining in regulation, Stanifer served a cross from the right corner of the box towards the far post.  DeVita ran onto the cross and fired her first touch over the head of Bulldog goalkeeper Rhylee DeCrane at the 89:08 mark for her second game-winning tally of 2014.

The winning score, the 36th goal of DeVita's career, moved her into sole possession of sixth on Furman's all-time scoring list.  It was her 16th career match-winning tally, which boosted her into a tie for second most in school history.

"Mississippi State played eight freshmen tonight and they are a program that is definitely building," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr.  "We had a bit of a lull after we took the lead, but it was great to see us respond and find the game winner."

After a scoreless first half, Furman took the lead at the 55:06 mark on freshman Molly Dwyer's first career goal.  Sophomore Carlie Couch played a cross from the right side to the top of the six-yard box and Dwyer volleyed a right-footed shot past the MSU keeper with her first touch to put the Paladins in front.

Mississippi State answered with just 9:57 left in regulation when McKenzie Adams headed a Kayleigh Henry cross into the right corner from the left side of the box to tie the match at 1-1.

Furman's Rose Hull finished with five saves to earn the victory in goal for the Paladins while DeCrane totaled seven saves in the loss for the Bulldogs.

The Paladins managed a 23-18 edge in shot attempts, including a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal.  The win improved Furman to 23-2-2 in its last 27 matches at Stone Stadium.

Furman returns to action on Friday when it travels to Clinton, S.C., to face Presbyterian. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information