Paladins rally from two-goal deficit to beat Tigers in overtime, 3-2

The game turned on a Furman penalty kick late in the second half

Men's Soccer - Austin Savage

Photo by Mark Crammer

Men's Soccer - Austin Savage

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Furman rallied to score 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 soccer match on Tuesday.

Furman improves to 9-2-2 overall, while Clemson falls to 4-7-2 this season.

The Tigers took a 2-0 advantage in the middle of the first half.

Clemson struck first in the 28th minute.when Austin Savage looped a shot from 50 yards over the head of Furman goalkeeer Doug Ryan, who was playing in the middle of the box.

The Tigers scored again less than two minutes later. Savage played a ball from the middle to Preston Gayton, who was making a diagonal run just inside the box. Gayton one-touched the ball from 12 yards out. It was his first goal of the season.

Furman scored with 9:22 left in regulation on a penalty kick by Martin Ontiveros. 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 coach Mike Noonan. "I thought it was a clean tackle but the official thought different."

The Paladins struck for 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 to end the match. Michael Gandier collected a clearance and fired a 10-yard shot to give Furman the 3-2 victory.

"I am very disappointed as I thought our team played hard," said Noonan. "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.'

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.

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

Attendance: 2,509

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