No. 17 Furman Edges Gardner-Webb To Extend Winning Streak To Five Games, 1-0

Bobby Edet

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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