GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sophomore Stephanie DeVita netted two goals and Jamie Alexander added three assists to lead Furman University to a 3-1 victory over Francis Marion University, Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) in non-conference women’s soccer action on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium.
The win stretched Furman's unbeaten run to seven matches and improved the Paladins to 7-2-1 on the season, while the Patriots slipped to 0-9-0.
FMU will play host to UNC Greensboro on Friday at 4 p.m.
Francis Marion trimmed the Furman lead to 3-1 in the 82nd minute when freshman Tori Whigham redirected senior Yasmin Bunter's corner kick inside the far right post for her first collegiate goal.
Bunter led FMU with four shots, one of which was on frame. Her assist was the second of the 2013 campaign and pushed her career point total to 43 (16 goals, 11 assists).
FMU sophomore goalkeeper Taylor O’Berry registered a season-high12 saves in the loss, only four shy of her career high set last season against Texas Tech. Sophomore Rose Hull and Maggie Grisell both notched a pair of saves in goal for Furman.
DeVita opened the scoring for the Paladins at the 8:12 mark. India Robinson curled a cross into the box that Alexander flicked in front of DeVita and the forward volleyed in a shot from close range. The assist for Robinson was her NCAA-leading 12th of the season.
DeVita doubled the lead at the 10:42 mark by heading in a cross from the right side. Alexander and Dee Makris were credited with assists on the goal.
Furman pushed its lead to 3-0 in the 55th minute. Alexander ripped a shot from the top of the box that was blocked into the path of Carlie Couch, who slotted a shot to the far right corner.
Furman compiled a 33-11 edge in shots, including a 15-5 advantage in shots on target, while also leading in corner kicks 8-3.
Furman (7-2-1) def. Francis Marion Univ. (0-9-0) 3-1
Date: Sep 29, 2013 Attendance: 211
Weather: 70 and cloudy
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 - 1
Furman.............. 2 1 - 3
1-0. 8:12 FUR Stephanie DeVita (7) (India Robinson;Jamie Alexander) - volley from 7 yards off cross from left
2-0. 10:42 FUR Stephanie DeVita (8) (Dee Makris;Jamie Alexander) - header off cross from right
3-0. 54:56 FUR Carlie Couch (2) (Jamie Alexander) - rebound off block
3-1. 81:13 FMU_W Tori Whigham (1) (Yasmin Bunter) - header to far post of corner kick
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 11, Furman 33 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 12 (Taylor O'Berry 12), Furman 4 (Maggie Grisell 2; Rose Hull 2)