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DeVita, DeMare Shoot Furman Past Jacksonville, 2-0

Abby DeMare
Abby DeMare

Greenville S.C. -- Junior Stephanie DeVita and freshman Abby DeMare each netted a goal to lead Furman past Jacksonville, 2-0, in the non-conference finale for the Paladins Friday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With the victory, Furman finished its non-conference slate at 6-2-0, while the Dolphins slipped to 5-4-1 on the season.

After DeVita had rattled a shot off of the cross bar and had another attempt smothered by JU goalkeeper Sarah Sierra in the early portion of the first half, the Simpsonville, S.C., native put Furman in front with the eventual winning goal at the 33:32 mark.  DeVita weaved through Dolphin defenders down the right side before hammering a shot across the face of goal and into the left-side netting for her team-leading fifth score of the season.

In the 83rd minute, Furman earned a free kick in front of the scorer's table just inside the midfield stripe.  Senior India Robinson lofted a cross into the box that was deflected into the path of DeMare at the top of the 18-yard box.  The Irmo, S.C., product lined a left-footed shot into the back of the JU net with her first touch to double the lead and tally her first collegiate goal.

Junior goalkeeper Maggie Grisell, who entered the game in net to start the second half, preserved the shutout with a leaping effort to tip Kaitlyn Bassett's driving shot towards the upper right-hand corner wide with under four minutes to play.  Grisell and Paladin starter Rose Hull each notched two saves, while Sierra turned away seven shots for Jacksonville.

Furman finished with a 15-11 edge in shot attempts and 9-4 advantage in shots on goal.  The physical match featured three yellow cards, including two on the Dolphins in the second half.

The Paladins are idle until next Friday when they open Southern Conference play with a 7 p.m. contest versus East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information