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Sept. 6, 2007
Greenville, S.C. - In their first Division I road game, USC Upstate held their own with intrastate rival Furman for most of the game and had thoughts of an upset after taking a 1-0 lead early in the second half.
Then, the Lady Paladins unleashed an offensive outburst with three goals in a two-minute span that proved to be the difference in a 4-1 defeat of the Spartans at Stone Soccer Stadium Thursday night.
Upstate falls to 1-1 on the season and Furman moves to 3-0.
After a scoreless first half, Upstate junior forward Nicole Trawick uncorked a shot from 28 yards over Furman goalkeeper Briana da Mota into the net in the 52nd minute to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Furman responded with two goals in the 65th minute as Lady Paladin forward Anna Betton scored to tie the game at 1-1 and fellow forward Lucy Martin found the back of the net on off of a blocked shot seconds later to take a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Paladins attack struck again in the 67th minute with midfielder Katie Tucker doing the honors to increase the lead to 3-1.
Betton added another goal in the 87th minute, scoring her second goal of the match on a cross by Fry.
The majority of the first half was spent in the Spartans defensive end as they were outshot by Furman in the first half 12-2. Upstate also dodged two potential goals in the first half, the first on a header by Lady Paladin midfielder Rachel Fry in the 15th minute that hit the post. Fry came close again in the 38th minute as her shot nailed the crossbar.
Upstate junior goalkeeper Samantha Spradley finished with seven saves as she was peppered by 11 shots on goal. The Spartans were outshot 27-5 by the Lady Paladins.
Fry finished with two assists for Furman and Betton, midfielders Sara El-Shami, and Gena Villari each had an assist.
Upstate will host Alabama State Sunday at 2 p.m. at County University Soccer Stadium.