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Couch’s Second Half Goal Lifts Women’s Soccer Over Samford, 1-0

Carlie Couch
Carlie Couch

Greenville, S.C. -- Sophomore Carlie Couch broke a scoreless tie with a breakaway goal in the 81st minute to lift the Furman women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Samford in Southern Conference action Friday night on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The win, Furman's third straight versus Samford, boosted the Paladins to 9-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in SoCon play, while the Bulldogs fell to 9-7-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the league.

With the match scoreless and just 10 minutes left in regulation, Jamie Alexander played a quick pass to Couch on the counter attack almost 45 yards from goal.  The Tifton, Ga., native blew past her defender into the left side of the box before calmly slotting a shot by Bulldog goalkeeper Anna Maddox into the middle of the net at the 80:02 mark.  The game's lone tally marked Couch's fifth goal of the campaign and her third match-winning score.

"I'm very proud of our effort," said Furman head coach Andrew Burr.  "We talked about playing a full 90 minutes as a family and we definitely accomplished that tonight.  Samford is a quality team and this is a solid result for us."

Furman came out on the attack from the opening whistle, outshooting the Bulldogs 9-3 in the first half and 17-13 for the match.  Rachel Shah provided the first dangerous chance in the fifth minute when her shot inside six yards was blocked and Stephanie DeVita's rebound effort sailed over the bar.  With less than four minutes remaining before halftime, Shah tested Samford again, but her dipping shot from the top of the box narrowly missed the top right corner.

In the 50th minute, DeVita sent a driving shot towards the right corner from the middle of the box that was deflected then pushed out for a corner kick by Maddox.  

Samford came close to breaking the deadlock seconds before the hour mark, but Furman goalkeeper Rose Hull knocked down Katie Danehy's close range shot and corralled Jermaine Seoposenwe's follow-up attempt while on her back at the goal line.

The shutout marked the seventh of the season for the Paladins and fourth solo clean sheet for Hull.  The junior totaled fives saves on the night, while Maddox stopped three shots for Samford.

Furman caps its 2014 regular season home schedule on Sunday afternoon when it entertains SoCon foe Chattanooga.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and the Paladins will honor their senior class prior to the opening kickoff.

Sunday's match will be streamed live and for free on the SoCon Digital Network.  Links to the video and live stats via StatBroadcast will be available by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.

Fans can access in-game updates of the match on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information