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Missed Opportunities Cost Furman Women’s Soccer In Loss To Mercer, 1-0

Furman dedicated Friday's game versus Mercer to Carolyn Froats, mother of defender Hannah Froats, who is battling cancer.
Furman dedicated Friday's game versus Mercer to Carolyn Froats, mother of defender Hannah Froats, who is battling cancer.

Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Maddie Clark scored on a header off of an Emma Chandlee free kick in the 77th minute to hand Mercer a 1-0 victory over Furman in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Friday evening on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.

With its second straight loss, Furman slid to 9-3-1 overall and 3-2-0 in league play, while the Bears improved to 4-8-1 overall and 2-3-0 in the SoCon. The match was labeled as Furman's "Pink Out" match for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Paladins played in honor of Carolyn Froats, mother of sophomore defender Hannah Froats, who is battling cancer.

Without a shot to its credit through 76 minutes, Mercer made the most of a Furman foul next to the right corner flag with under 14 minutes to play in regulation. Chandlee played a free kick to the near side of the penalty spot and Clark hammered a header into the back of the net at the 76:18 mark for the deciding goal, her eighth of the season.

Furman managed a commanding 16-2 edge in total shots and 4-1 advantage in shots on goal, but were left to contemplate several missed opportunities as the Bears converted on their only shot on target in 90 minutes of action. The Paladins controlled the run of play in the first half and Carlie Couch forced Mercer goalkeeper Cristina Mursuli into a pair of first period stops, including punching Couch's shot wide of the right post in the opening minutes.

Treva Aycock, who was denied by Mursuli on a shot in the closing minutes of the first half, nearly put the Paladin in front in the 49th minute only to see her shot carom off the cross bar. The Paladins rattled off five more shot and two corner kicks over the next 13 minutes before Aycock was turned away by the woodwork again in the 63rd minute. After Mercer grabbed the lead, Furman pushed forward in numbers, but Rachel Shah and Couch missed high and Sanon Williams saw a shot from the top of the box miss wide left in the final minutes.

Mursuli finished with four saves to earn the clean sheet for Mercer, while Kellsey Weaver suffered the loss for Furman after allowing just her second goal in 11 matches this season.

The Paladins will celebrate Senior Day and cap their regular season home schedule on Sunday at 2 p.m. when they welcome The Citadel Bulldogs to Stone Stadium.

Tickets for Sunday's game are available online at FurmanPaladins.com or can be purchased beginning one hour prior to kickoff at the Stone Stadium gate. The home finale will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network with live statistics provided through StatBroadcast. Links for the video stream and live stats will be available at FurmanPaladins.com.

Updates on Furman women's soccer can be found on Twitter by following @FurmanWSoccer.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information