Gardner-Webb Outlasts Furman In Gray Griffin Memorial Game, 5-4

Laurence Wyke
Laurence Wyke

Greenville, S.C. -- Severin Soerlie took advantage of a Paladin miscue along the back line in the 103rd minute to net his second goal of the night and lift Gardner-Webb to a 5-4 victory over No. 8 Furman in men's soccer action on Saturday night at the Gray Griffin Memorial Game at Stone Soccer Stadium.

With its second straight loss, Furman dropped to 6-2-0 on the season, while Gardner-Webb improved to 3-2-1 with its third win this season over a SoCon foe.

Furman tried to clear a loose ball out of the box and Soerlie intercepted the clearance pass and placed a shot into an empty net at the 102:21 mark to break the 4-4 deadlock and give Gardner-Webb its first victory over the Paladins in seven meetings.

Gardner-Webb jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Jack Hoey gave the Runnin' Bulldogs a 1-0 lead on a header off of a corner kick in the 12th minute before Magnus Moldjord fired past Furman goalkeeper Ben Hale on a breakaway in the 24th minute to up the margin to 2-0. In the 34th minute, Soerlie extended the lead to 3-0 when he headed in a bouncing ball in the box following a Gardner-Webb corner kick and scramble for possession.

Furman pulled a goal back before the half as Gardner-Webb was whistled for a foul in the box at the 44-minute mark and Laurence Wyke converted from the penalty spot. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Furman drew another foul on a trip in the box and Wyke buried his second spot kick of the night to pull the Paladins to within one goal at 54:06.

Just three seconds short of the hour mark, Josiah Baker slipped a pass from the left side of the box across to Connor Hubbard who muscled in a shot in traffic at the top of the six-yard box to knot the match at 3-3. The goal was the fourth of the season for Hubbard.

After it appeared that Furman had stolen all the momentum, Moldjord struck a low cross from deep on the left wing that Oskar Wang slid onto and redirected into the net to restore the Gardner-Webb lead at 69:26.

Furman went back on the attack in the later stages of the match and pulled even at the 76:41 mark. The Runnin' Bulldogs were whistled for a hand ball in the box and Wyke pounded in his third penalty kick to register the hat trick and tie the contest at 4-4.

The Paladins, who outshot Gardner-Webb 27-12 and held a 13-8 advantage in shots on goal, created several chances late in the second half and in overtime to grab the victory before Soerlie produced the winner for the visitors.

Jacob Beyer made nine saves to earn the victory in goal for Gardner-Webb, while Hale turned away three shots for the Paladins.

Furman returns to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium when it hosts VMI in the Southern Conference opener. Tickets for Tuesday's match are $5 and can be purchased at the Stone Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to kickoff or by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.

A live video stream through the SoCon Digital Network and live statistics through StatBroadcast will be provided for Saturday's match at FurmanPaladins.com. In-game updates will be available on Twitter by following @FurmanSoccer.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information