BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford women’s soccer team made an emphatic statement topping SoCon rival, Furman, by a lopsided 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Shauna Yelton Field.
The Bulldogs were looking to avenge their double overtime loss in the 2020 Southern Conference Tournament championship match where Furman topped the Bulldogs 2-1 on a last second goal. Avenge they did. Samford was on the offensive front foot form the opening whistle scoring four goals, while Morgan McAslan and the defensive unit for the Bulldogs kept Furman off the board for the full ninety minutes.
- The Bulldogs were on the front foot early applying consistent pressure on the Paladin defense. Just over ten minutes into the match, Samford’s full team pressure forced an errant clearance from the Furman back line that went out for a Samford throw. Kyla Reynolds pushed that pace getting the ball in quick to Mary Raymond who touched it back to the oncoming Jennifer Seward who’s service found the head of fifth-year senior Grace Sommi. Sommi’s touch went over the Paladin keeper and into the side netting giving Samford an early lead.
- In the 22nd minute, Raymond sent a long pass playing Reynolds in behind the Furman defense. Reynolds was able to send a gliding ball across the 18-yard box where Alyssa Frazier battled the Paladin right back drawing a foul inside the box earning Samford their second penalty kick of the season. Frazier stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted the ball down the center deftly beating the Furman keeper to give Samford a 2-0 lead.
- As the minutes ticked away in the first half, Frazier continued to wreak havoc on the Furman defense beating her defender and playing the ball into the six-yard box to an awaiting Audrey Kleiman. Kleiman’s one-time shot sent the Paladin keeper into a full-stretch save to keep the score line 2-0.
- Furman changed keepers and the Bulldogs would test the fresh netminder just seconds in the second forty-five as Raymond sent one off the crossbar missing a three-goal lead by a matter of inches.
- Alyssa Conarton took the Samford corner sending a low ball into the 18-yard box. Furman attempted to clear the ball creating a mad scramble in front of the paladin net that ended with Samford center back, Kylie Gazza, slotting a right-footed shot into the upper 90 putting any Paladin hopes of a comeback to bed.
- Samford earned their 10th corner kick in the 76th minute, and Alyssa Frazier sent an in swinging ball to an onrushing Ella Simpson who beat her mark and sent a header past the Furman goalie for the exclamation point on a dominant Bulldog win.
FROM THE BOX SCORE:
- The Bulldogs controlled the entire match recording 16 shots with eight of them on frame, and 10 corner kicks of which two led directly to Bulldog scores.
- The reigning SoCon Defensive Player of the Week, McAslan, recorded five saves on the afternoon securing her sixth shutout of the season.
- Samford center backs Kylie Gazza and Ella Simpson continue to make their mark as threats defensively, but offensively as well, with each grabbing a goal against the conference rivals.
- Furman recorded eight shots, five on goal, and six corner kicks in the match.
- Samford heads back east for a two-match road trip where they will face Western Carolina on Friday, Oct. 15; before heading to East Tennessee State for the 2nd Annual Yelton Derby Sunday, Oct. 17.
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