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Furman Men’s Soccer Postseason Run Ends in SoCon Semifinals

The Dins lost to UNCG Greensboro 6-3 in the semifinal contest despite Jack Raine’s brace after a dominant win versus the Wofford Terriers. Men’s Soccer thus concluded their 2022 campaign at 7-7-4.
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Furman Men’s Soccer team kicked off their 2022 Southern Conference Championship run on Nov. 4, Friday versus #4 seed Wofford in quarterfinal round action in Greensboro, NC. The winner was to advance to play #1 seed UNC Greensboro in the semifinal round on Nov. 6, Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Paladins triumphed over VMI 2-1 in the regular season finale and entered the postseason at 6-6-4. The quarterfinal game marked the 58th all-time clash between the Dins and Terriers, with Wofford downing Furman 2-0 at Stone Stadium in the regular season meeting between the schools on Oct. 15.

This time; however, the Dins set the tone early in the game. Furman netted three goals in the opening 28 minutes to claim the victory versus Wofford 3-2 at UNCG Stadium. “This is a great win for us,” remarked Paladin head coach Doug Allison, the winningest coach in SoCon history. “Any win this time of year is a great win. I am happy for Jake Raine. He has been waiting all season to get back off injury. He makes a big difference for us.”

Junior Jake Raine, who appeared in only five matches this season due to his injury, scored a brace in the quarter-final battle. The Stoke, England native was Furman’s leading scorer last year, so none of us were surprised by his goals that staked Furman to a 2-0 lead early in the match. Two minutes after the referee blew his whistle to start play, Alfredo Diaz-Santillan darted down the left side and played a low cross through the box that Raine slid onto and touched inside the far post at 2:13. This duo helped double the lead at 11:09 when Diaz-Santillan ripped a shot from the left side of the box that the goalkeeper redirected into Raine’s path.

Wofford halved the Din lead on Nikola Rojel’s 21st-minute strike. But senior Sam Miller curled a left-footed corner kick towards the far post, followed by junior Dylan Lane’s shot off the back of defense and inside the left post at 27:53 to restore Furman’s two-goal lead. 3-1.

Despite Hugo Moldin’s goal in the 36th minute, Furman’s defense was rock-solid for the rest of the game. This 3-2 win over the Wofford Terriers upped Furman to the semifinal round versus UNC Greensboro.

Ranked 9th in the nation and 1st in SoCon, UNCG Greensboro was a tough matchup to advance to the SoCon Men’s Soccer Championship match. Marco Alonso, who rejected three Major League Soccer (MLS) offers during his collegiate career, netted a hat trick to power UNC Greensboro to a 6-3 victory in the semifinal round. Heading into the locker room 3-0 down, the Paladins got on the board early in the second half on Jake Raine’s third goal of the post-season. Senior Josh Hosie crossed into the box from the right side, and Raine finished at the near post in the 54th minute to trim the deficit to 3-1. UNCG’s Maycol Reyes immediately answered as he struck a left-footed rocket into the upper 90 from outside the box after a Spartan free kick in the 55th minute. Raine squeezed another brace into Furman’s two-game postseason run following an errant back pass, which resulted in a breakaway goal for him. With 32 minutes on the clock and a two-goal difference, Jack Raine reignited Furman’s hopes. Unfortunately, UNCG Greensboro got away with a 6-3 victory and advanced to the SoCon Men’s Soccer Championship match versus Mercer, who downed ETSU in the semifinal contest 1-0.

Furman Men’s Soccer Team concluded the 2022 campaign at 7-7-4. We are proud of our boys for their enthusiasm throughout the season on and off the pitch. Sophomores Ivan Agyaakwah, Devansh Mehta, Reece Fragle, and Cameron Maung-Maung have already displayed glimpses of what they are capable of. With freshmen like Lashawn Brown already getting plenty of playing time and making a difference on the pitch, the future is bright.

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Deniz Sariaslan
Deniz Sariaslan, Managing Editor
A junior from Turkey, Deniz is a double major in Economics and Communication Studies. His interest in media goes a long way back to 2019, since when he has been working as an NBA-credentialed editor at Turkey’s largest social media network on basketball. Having served as The Paladin’s sports editor for the past two years, he has decided to step out of his comfort zone and embrace a new challenge. So here he is now, executing the Managing Editor role.
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