GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Stetson women's soccer team (2-6-0)
was defeated by Furman (7-1-0) on the road Sunday afternoon by a score of 4-1. Junior Alyssa Welsh scored the lone Hatter
goal, tallying her team-leading third of the season.
The Paladins, who were ranked ninth in the most recent
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Region Poll, picked up
their sixth straight victory on Sunday.
Furman has now won nine straight tilts at the friendly confines of its
"We were brilliant for the first 10 minutes," Head Coach
Julie Orlowski said following the game. "They're goalkeeper made a fantastic
save to keep it tied early, but unfortunately we weren't able to get anything
on the scoreboard. After the first 10 in
the opening half, we didn't have a lot of answers for what they threw at us.
Stephanie DeVita came into Sunday's contest sixth in the
nation with seven goals on the season.
The Furman freshman put the Hatters behind on the scoreboard when she
scored off of an assist from Martha Hall in the 18th minute of play.
After Hall connected on a penalty kick in the 28th
minute, it was DeVita again scoring for the Paladins, putting Stetson in a deep
3-0 hole thanks to assists from Kristin Fennegan and Ali Simpson with under 10
minutes to play in the first half.
"She's a very good attacker, but I thought we defended her
well," Orlowski said of DeVita. "The goals
that she scored were good goal-scorer's goals.
On both scores, she just found a way to sneak a shot past a couple of
defenders, but she certainly puts their team on another level."
The Hatters began the second half well, scoring their first
goal of the contest just over 12 minutes into the frame. Welsh kept Stetson in the game, beating the
Furman goalkeeper to the left corner of the net from 16 yards out.
"She found a soft spot right in front of their defense,"
Orlowski said of Welsh on the play. "We
were able to find her in that spot and she did what goal-scorers do. She made them pay for making a mistake in the
back. If she can continue that trend,
we'll be happy."
Unfortunately for the Hatters, they weren't able to tally
another score in the second half, and Furman added a fourth in the 79th
minute. Hall recorded her second assist
of the game, finding Alyssa Althoff for her third score of the season.
"The second half went very well for us," Orlowski continued. "Victoria [Troccoli] was a big part of
that. It's not often that you come off
the field losing 4-1 and say that you're goalkeeper was absolutely amazing, but
Troccoli finished with seven saves in the defeat, while Rose
Hull tallied two in just 45 minutes for the Paladins. Furman led in both shots (21-12) and corner
kicks (8-3) over the course of the 90 minutes.
"A big difference in the game was that we didn't have the
depth that we usually do," Orlowski concluded.
"Illness and injury kind of took their toll on us. We did battle back though. The 15 players we
did have play today, all did very well."
Next up for Stetson is the start of Atlantic Sun Conference
play. The Hatters will travel to ETSU on
Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m., and then play at USC Upstate on Sunday,
September 23 at 1:00 p.m.