GREENVILLE, SC - Furman scored two late second half goals and Michael Gandier scored the golden goal in the first overtime period as the Paladins defeated Clemson 3-2 in a men's intercollegiate soccer match at Greenville, SC Tuesday evening.
Furman improves to 9-2-2 overall, while Clemson falls to 4-7-2 this season.
Clemson scored first in the 28th minute. Austin Savage sent a 50-yard shot into the netting for his fourth goal of the year. From just over the midfield line, Savage sent a looping shot over the Furman goalkeeper Doug Ryan who was out in the middle of the box.
The Tigers scored less than two minutes later, (1:43). Savage was in the middle and he sent the ball forward to Preston Gayton who was making a diagonal run just inside the box. Gayton one-touched the ball from 12 yards out and his low strike went into the netting for his first goal of the season.
Furman scored with 9:22 left in regulation. Martin Ontiveros scored his seventh goal of the season on a penalty kick. A Clemson defender brought down Tony Santibanez in the box and Ontiveros converted on the kick from the mark with a chest high shot that entered the goal near the right post.
"The penalty was a game-changer without a doubt," said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. I thought it was a clean tackle but the official thought different. I am very disappointed as I thought our team played hard. We had two starters sit out with cards, so I thought we responded well in a tough environment and situation. I thought we played well in the first half and not as well in the second. Give credit to Furman, as it was a great comeback for them," said Noonan.
The Paladins scored the equalizer 1:20 later when Walter Zimmerman scored his fifth goal of the season. Kevin Pahl sent the ball from the right to the goalie box. Zimmerman slid and sent a six-yard shot into the right corner of the goal to tie the score 2-2.
In the first overtime period, Furman scored at the 92:54 mark. Michael Gandier collected a clearance and fired a 10-yard shot to give Furman the 3-2 victory.
Furman outshot Clemson 17-7 in the match. Furman had the advantage in shots in the second half 12-2. Clemson's goalkeeper Cody Mizell had eight saves. Furman's keeper Doug Ryan had two saves.
Clemson will play at Boston College Saturday night in the Tigers' next action.
Furman 3, Clemson 2 OT
Clemson - Austin Savage (Unassisted) 27:49
Clemson - Preston Gayton (Austin Savage) 29:32
Furman - Martin Ontiveros (Penalty Kick) 80:18
Furman - Walker Zimmerman (Kevin Pahl) 81:38
Furman - Michael Gandier (Unassisted) 92:54
Shots: Clemson 7, Furman 17
Corner Kicks: Clemson 3, Furman 7
Saves: Cody Mizell (CU) 8, Furman 2