Nov. 3, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Top-seeded Furman defeated eighth-seeded Western Carolina, 2-0, in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Conference Women's Soccer Championship Sunday afternoon on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.
Western Carolina ends its season with a 10-9-1 record. Furman (15-3-2) moves on to the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Championships Nov. 8.
Just like the game earlier in the year, Furman struck first to take the early 1-0 lead. Paladin sophomore Jamie Alexander created space for herself near the top of the box and fired a shot that caromed off of the left post to Stephanie DeVita who tucked away her shot at the 19:39 mark.
Furman doubled its lead with less than two minutes left in the first half. Junior Catie Moore made a long run with the ball from Furman's back line before DeVita played a give-and-go with India Robinson. DeVita received the pass from Robinson and lined a shot inside the far, right post at the 43:42 mark to give Furman a 2-0 cushion.
Western Carolina held the high-powered Furman offense scoreless in the second half. Though the Paladins took 11 shots in the final 45 minutes of the game none could find the back of the net thanks to the Catamounts' defensive presence.
However, offensively, though Western Carolina had 11 shots in the contest just three resulted in saves from Paladin goalkeeper Rose Hull. Furman had five corner kicks in the game and Western Carolina had three.
Most telling was Western Carolina's Kelly Pannell, who leads the Catamounts with eight goals, took just one shot in the game. Freshman Kasey Cooke had three shots and Kimberly Sullivan had two.