Oct. 12, 2012
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (6-8-1, 2-4-1 Southern Conference) was edged by Furman (10-3-2, 3-2-2 SoCon) 1-0 Friday at Stone Soccer Stadium.
Both teams battled for the first 30 plus minutes, of the first half, before Furman capitalized late in the opening 45 minutes. The nations leading goal scorer, freshman forward Stephanie DeVita netted her 16th goal of the season at the 40:17 mark to secure the Paladins the lead and the eventual win. DeVita took a pass from India Robinson taking a shot from the lower right side, from 11 yards out, for the score.
The goal by DeVita was the only one that squeaked by sophomore Western Carolina goalie Jennifer Lauer. Furman had 24 shots in the match and Lauer had six saves in the contest.
Early in the first half, Western Carolina continued, as it has all season, to shoot, shoot and shoot some more. In the first eight minutes, of the first half, the Catamounts got great shots from Markie-Lynn Studnicky, Kimberly Sullivan and McKenzie Hallstrom. Ten minutes before Paladin DeVita's goal, senior Laura Greb had a shot blocked and at 39:11 Studnicky got a look at the goal that went wide.
The final 45 minutes was a barrage of shots by Furman, taking 11, that was weathered by the Catamount defense, and Lauer. The Paladins were held scoreless in the second half.
Western Carolina completes its four-match road swing on Sunday at Wofford. Match time is set for 2 p.m.