Greenville, S.C. – Bobby Edet netted his fourth goal of the season in the 11th minute and Sven Lissek made several key saves down the stretch to lift 17th-ranked Furman to a 1-0 victory over Gardner-Webb on Seagraves Field at Stone Stadium Monday night.
The win, Furman's fifth straight victory and fifth consecutive shutout, improved the Paladins to 6-1-0 on the season. Gardner-Webb dropped to 4-3-0.
"It was a very, very tough game and it's nice to get another shutout," said Paladin head coach Doug Allison. "They're a tough team and hard to play against. I'm proud of our kids for the way they played. We were a gritty team and were able to grind out the victory."
Less than 11 minutes into the contest, freshman Marco Ortiz delivered a cross into the path of Edet, who hammered a shot past Bulldogs goalkeeper Matthew Swan from inside the center of the six-yard box. The Paladins, who controlled the majority of possession for the opening 45 minutes, nearly doubled the lead minutes before the half when a chipped pass over the defense found Evan De Ycaza, but the freshman missed wide.
Gardner-Webb possessed the ball more in the second half and threatened to equalize in the final minutes. Lissek denied Iman Mafi's shot from the left side off of a corner kick with under five minutes remaining. Ali Al-Gashamy and Denzel Clarke also had chances on headers in the final moments, but were unable to put their shots on frame.
The Bulldogs held a 15-13 edge in shots and 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. Lissek totaled four saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and Furman's fifth consecutive clean sheet. Swan tallied two saves for Gardner-Webb.
Furman returns to action on Friday at James Madison. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Paladins open Southern Conference play on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian State.
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