The Eagles look to halt Furman

Kristen Warren

Coming off its third win in four games, the Georgia Southern University women’s soccer team will face the top team in the Southern Conference in Furman University tomorrow.

GSU is coming off of an impressive 1-0 victory over the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Eagles were able to snap UNCG’s 25-match unbeaten road record on Senior Day this past Sunday. This is the Eagles third win over UNCG in the last four games played.

GSU’s confidence will surely be higher going into another SoCon game against Furman Friday at 7 p.m. in Greenville, SC.

The Paladins are currently No.1 in the SoCon standings. They have an overall record of 11-3-2 and a notable 5-1-1 record in SoCon play.

Furman is led by sophomore forward Stephanie DeVita who has scored 10 goals this season and has shot 88 times this year. Freshman forward Carlie Couch also has seven goals on the season and is shooting .269 percent from the field. The Paladins have scored 41 times this season and average 2.56 goals per game.

GSU sophomore forward Nora El-Shami is also coming off an effective game, scoring the game-winning goal in the 78th minute against UNCG. Furman has allowed more goals in the second period than in the first this season giving up nine to three.

Furman’s defense has been stingy this season only allowing 12 goals to its opponents and a .055 shot percentage this year. The Paladins’ have only allowed 83 shot attempts on goal and 13.8 shots per game. The GSU offense will have to find a way to create opportunities to score.

However, defense will also be a key component to the Eagles success this Friday. Junior goalkeeper Molly Williams is coming off of an impressive shutout against UNCG, in which she had two saves. She will be key in stopping DeVita’s offensive attack.

GSU is now 5-8-2 overall this season and has improved to 3-3-1 in SoCon play. The Eagles have two more games this season. They will face Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. and return to Eagle Field against Davidson College in the last regular season game before the SoCon tournament.