Greenville, S.C. – The Presbyterian College (1-0) women’s soccer team defeated the Furman Paladins (2-1) by a score of 2-0 on Thursday night at Eugene Stone Stadium in Greenville, S.C. Sophomore goal keeper, Alyssa Leaman recorded five saves and played all 90 minutes of the game in the shutout.
With the victory the Blue Hose defeated the Furman Paladins for the first time in program history. It was the 12th match between the two teams.
“Well, that was exciting and just a great win,” said Head Coach Brian Purcell. “I am proud, as I just told the girls. I am just glad for them as they have put in the work and particularly the upper classmen who went really hard in the spring. They put in a lot of hours in the spring and I am just really glad for them to be able to experience this. We are not going to get ahead of ourselves and make it more than it is, but it is just good to have that feeling and be successful.”
The first half was very back and forth throughout the period. PC controlled the ball the majority of the first 15 minutes but were unable to get off any shots. In the second 15 minutes Furman controlled the offensive end but the backline defense of the Blue Hose was able to hold strong led by two saves from the starting goalie Leaman.
The Blue Hose were able to get on the board first with a Jessica Powell goal from 15 yards out on the far side of the field, giving PC a 1-0 lead with 10:33 to play in the first half. Overall the Paladins controlled the offensive stats in the first half, outshooting the Blue Hose 8-2 and in corners 7-0.
The second half started out much the same as the first, with Furman attacking on the offensive end and great backline defensive play from the Blue Hose. In the 55th minute the Blue Hose were on the attack. Frances Whitesides took a strong shot from 18 yards out that was blocked by the Paladins. Freshman Samantha Britt got the rebound and with the Paladin goal keeper playing up snuck the ball past and into the net.
The biggest story of the game was the play of goal keeper, Leaman and the backline of the Blue Hose defensive play. The defenders, Kelsey Yeager, Kristen Bane and Tara Brophy were able to knock away countless header, shot and cross attempts. Leaman recorded five saves and the Blue Hose held Furman to zero goals. The Paladins had scored six goals in each of their first two contests of the season.
PC opens at home on Sunday night at 7 p.m. versus the Wofford Terriers at Martin Stadium in Clinton, S.C.