Women’s soccer downs Furman in season opener, 3-2 (2ot)
It was seeming like déjà-vu all over again for the JU women’s soccer team in its season opener against Furman before the Dolphins avoided a draw on junior Liz Fink's driven goal, downing the Paladins, 3-2, in double overtime in Greenville, S.C.

The Dolphins (1-0) used scores from three different players, with two assists, to avenge last season’s loss to the Paladins (0-1) in front of 2,177 at Stone Soccer Stadium.

“This was an excellent start to our season,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We did a great job attacking and getting forward, especially in the first half where we finished on a couple of good chances. We didn’t play how we would have liked in the second half but we had the composure to finish in overtime. Furman’s a strong side and came back well in the second half in front of a great crowd.”

The Dolphins opened up their first half of the year in impressive fashion, outscoring the Paladins, 2-0.

Preseason “Player of the Year” Jessica Hurtado opened JU’s scoring account in the 12th minute when the junior midfielder scored from six yards out on an assist from freshman forward Courtney Conrad, the first assist of her career.

Senior defender Devon Dowell would make it 2-0 in the 23rd minute when she scored on a loose ball at the far post from a corner kick.

The Dolphins entered halftime outshot by the Paladins, 7-5, with sophomore goalie Alexa Rooney being called on twice to make saves.

The second half was a complete turnaround from the first as Furman opened it up with a goal just three minutes in. Alexa Jones took a cross from Rachel Shelnutt to bring the game back to within a goal.

The Dolphins would concede a second straight goal in the 76th minute on a Kitty Tryon shot to the far post, assisted by Dee Makris.

Furman outshot the Dolphins again in the second half, 9-4, and Rooney made five saves.

The first overtime period proved goalless with Rooney again being called upon twice to keep the JU in the game but the second period needed just less than three minutes for the Dolphins to claim their first win of the season.

Redshirt-junior Liz Fink was the third Dolphin to add to the scorer’s sheet when she fired home the game winner on an assist from Hurtado.

The Dolphins won the first game of their season for the first time since 2007 when they defeated Presbyterian, 4-2.

JU will look to make it two-in-a-row on Sunday when the Dolphins face Clemson at 1 p.m. in Clemson, S.C.