Furman dominated the match statistically but had to settle for a 2-2 draw with nearby Bob Jones University in men’s soccer at Stone Stadium on Tuesday night.
Josh Hosie and Jake Raine scored goals for Furman (2-7-1) in non-conference play. BJU (10-2-2) competes in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division II and provisionally in NCAA Division III.
Raine sent the game into overtime after his team-leading 5th goal of the season in the 83rd minute tied the score at 2-2. The Paladins had two chances to equalize prior to Raine’s game-tying goal off a free kick outside the 18-yard box near the touchline by Jacob Garzon. Tommy Redhead’s initial header was saved by Bruin goalkeeper Chris Monczewski and Dylan Lane’s follow-up header hit off the crossbar. Raine ran past a Bob Jones defender to score in front of the net to send the contest to extra time.
The Paladins attempted a season-best 34 shots in the contest and the Bruins had 15. Furman led 14-5 in attempts on goal and 11-2 in corner kicks.
Victor Oladipo tied the game 1-1 with a goal, assisted by Peter Waddy, in the 8, and BJU took the lead on Mario Figueroa’s unassisted goal in the 75th minute.
Hosie started the scoring for the Paladins in the 12th minute with Lane getting the assist.
Lane set a new career-high with 2 assists while Raine led Furman with 7 shots, 5 on goal. Ben Roberts grabbed a total of 3 saves in goal.
Figueroa had a team-high 5 shots for the Bruins and Oladipo added two attempts on goal. Monczewski finished with 11 saves.
The Paladins return to Southern Conference play on Saturday evening when they travel to Spartanburg for a 7 p.m. matchup against Wofford.
This week the Southern Conference’s runner of the week is Furman junior Adam Beucler, based on his performance at the Royals Challenge in Charlotte last Friday.
Beucler paced Furman’s men’s team at the meet hosted by Queens University, turning in a personal-best 8K time of 23:54.8 to place 11th overall among the 337 finishers. He is from Hudson, Ohio, and led a group of Paladin reserves to a 6th-place finish in the 33-team gold race. The weekly award is the first of Beucler’s career.
Furman, ranked No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, next competes at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Friday.