Sept. 22, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Upstate women's soccer team gave a fervent effort on Monday night, but fell to Furman in overtime. The Paladins improve to 6-2-1 as the Spartans fall to 2-5.
Though they recorded the loss, the Spartans played with the Furman Paladins up until the final minute. The Paladins recently came off a 2-1 victory over the Clemson Tigers on Friday night, and wasted no time in overtime to demonstrate their offensive abilities.
The Spartans did have their scoring opportunities throughout the game. Freshman Erin Vavro took a free kick from nearly 20 yards out after a Furman foul in the first half, but was unable to get it through the Furman defense. A solid shot by Carmen Osorio, the junior captain, was also deflected over the net by Furman goalie, Jessica Smith.
The Paladins also had their close calls. A Spartan handball with eight minutes left on the clock in a scoreless game led to a penalty kick for the Paladins. Junior Marget Antonik's shot was high and hit the crossbar as the Spartans remained unharmed throughout the second half.
For the second game in a row, the Upstate women went into overtime. After only a minute and a half into the period, Furman freshman Martha Hall notched her fourth goal of the season into the back left corner of the net from five yards out. The Paladins improve to 6-2-1 after Hall's deciding goal, as the Spartans lose another close game, 1-0, and fall to 2-5 overall.
"I thought we played a very good game tonight," said head coach Kendall Reyes. "Our game plan worked well for us. We were able to stifle some things that we needed to do on the attack. Playing against a team like Furman is always a tough challenge. They're a team that plays in the NCAA tournament almost every year. Tonight's effort proved to us what level we can play at."
The Upstate women showed vast improvement from last year's match when they fell to Furman, 4-1.
The Spartans will open A-Sun Conference play this weekend as they travel to North Florida and Jacksonville.