GREENSBORO — The Furman Paladins, the No. 2 seed, got a goal from first-team all-conference midfielder Isabella Gutierrez just over two minutes into the game and held on for a 1-0 win over No.3 seed and host school UNC Greensboro in the second semifinal match of the Southern Conference women’s soccer championships.
Furman will take on Samford at 2 p.m. Sunday for the SoCon title.
UNCG had a great look in the sixth minute as sophomore forward Isabelle Blomdahl got the ball just yards in front of the goal and fired a shot just left. Gutierrez’s sixth goal of the season proved to be the difference as Furman improved to 14-5-1 on the season.
UNCG goalkeeper Abby Buchholz finished with two saves while Furman’s Kellsey Weaver, a second-team all-conference selection recorded three in the win. The Spartans outshot the Paladins 14-13.
Furman makes an appearance in the finals for the second straight season after falling to UNCG 3-0 in the 2018 final.
The Paladins have six Southern Conference Championships, second only to UNCG’s eight.
In the regular-season matchup, Samford and Furman tied 1-1 in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 27.