Aycock’s Hat Trick Lifts Furman Women’s Soccer Over SoCon Preseason Favorite Samford, 3-2

Treva Aycock
Treva Aycock

Greenville, S.C. -- Freshman Treva Aycock erased a pair of one-goal deficits and scored the go-ahead goal with 3:58 remaining in regulation to notch a hat trick and carry Furman to a 3-2 victory over preseason league favorite Samford in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Stone Stadium.

With the match tied 2-2 and about four minutes left in the second half, Rachel Shah dribbled towards the top of the box and drew two Samford defenders. She played a pass to the left to Aycock, who settled the ball before placing her shot off the inside of the right post from 16 yards out to hand Furman the 3-2 victory over the two-time defending regular season champion Bulldogs.

Aycock, who missed seven matches after suffering a concussion in the season opener versus Coastal Carolina, scored four goals and added an assist in her first two matches back this weekend as Furman topped Chattanooga, 4-0, on Friday before downing Samford.

"Treva certainly had a big day today and the team in general played with so much confidence," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr. "This Samford team is really, really good. Coach Yelton has done a great job with them, so getting a win over Samford in this first weekend of conference play is big for us."

Samford (5-3-2, 1-1-0 SoCon) went ahead in the 41st minute as Jermaine Seoponsenwe, who started all three matches for her native South Africa at the Olympic games in Rio, Brazil, played a cross from the right wing to the far post for Erin Bonner to head in at the 40:40 mark.

Furman (8-1-1, 2-0-0 SoCon) answered with the equalizer just 22 seconds into the second half. Aycock chased down a Sanon Williams' long ball at the end line to the right of the goal. She juked past a Samford defender and lofted a shot across the goal and into the far, left-side netting to knot the match at 1-1.

Samford regained the lead at the 53:49 mark. Abriella Argueta stole the ball from a Furman defender on the left wing and slotted a pass to Malcanisha Kelley, who fired past Paladin goalkeeper Rose Hull in a one-versus-one breakaway to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 advantage.

Less than two minutes later, Williams won the ball for Furman above the top of the box and played a header to Aycock. The Marietta, Ga., native took a one-touch turn on her defender and fired a low shot to the right corner that glanced off the fingers of Samford goalkeeper Anna Maddox and nestled into the netting at 55:39 to tie the match at 2-2.

Furman finished with an 11-7 edge in total shots and 5-3 margin in shot attempts on goal. Hull made one save to earn the victory between the pipe for Furman, while Katie Peters, who came on in the 59th minute, took the loss for the Bulldogs.

The Paladins return to action on Friday when they face VMI in Lexington, Va., at 4 p.m. Fans can follow live statistics from the match by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com. In-game updates can be found on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information