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Soccer Falls At Furman 2-1 On Last-Minute Goal

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McKenzie Adams headed home her first Bulldog goal Thursday night.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

GREENVILLE, S.C.McKenzie Adams opened her college scoring account, but a Furman goal with just under a minute to play allowed the home side to escape with a 2-1 win against Mississippi State Thursday evening in Greenville, S.C.

Aaron Gordon’s side fell to 0-3 on the young season as Stephanie DeVita collected a cross and volleyed it past goalkeeper Rhylee DeCrane with :52 left in regulation.

It was a tough result for DeCrane, who stopped a season-high seven shots in her first game back in her home state.

Furman (2-1) out-shot the Bulldogs 23-18, but MSU was more efficient with its attempts, claiming a 7-5 edge in on-goal opportunities.

DeVita’s winner came eight minutes after Adams headed a Kayleigh Henry cross into the far-side netting to level the match 1-1.

“It was a hard-fought game, and I am very proud of our overall team effort. It was another basically even match. I thought Furman dominated the play in the first half, but we had our moments,” Gordon said. “At halftime we reorganized and I thought were the more dominant side although they had some chances that they finished.

“Our response late in the game was unbelievable. We took over and dominated for a large stretch. We were fantastic, and I thought we were going to overtime. Unfortunately, they just sent a long ball in that dropped to their best player.”

After neither team was able to convert in the opening half, the Paladins took the advantage in the 56th minute as Molly Dwyer volleyed in a pass from Carlie Couch from the top of the 6-yard box.

Mississippi State turned up the offensive pressure but was unable to convert as Payton Gruenewald had a shot saved, and Mallory Eubanks had one attempt turned back by Furman keeper Rose Hull and another hit the crossbar.

During that stretch DeCrane made three of her seven saves to keep the Bulldogs down a goal until Adams' equalizer.

Furman’s Alyssa Althoff and DeVita had a go-ahead attempts stopped by DeCrane, while Eubanks’ effort on the other end was stopped by Hull, who had five saves on the night.

After DeVita netted the eventual winner, Henry had a last-second equalizing attempt go just right of the post.

Mississippi State returns home Sunday, hosting Southern Miss at 6 p.m. on SEC Network +. The contest will be Kids’ Day at the MSU Soccer Field, with $2 hot dogs and free ice cream being offered along with free MSU stadium cups.

Admission to all games Bulldog home soccer matches is free.


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