Daniel Island, S.C. -- Sophomore Bobby Edet netted a pair of goals and junior Sven Lissek recorded his first shutout of the season as Furman downed 18th-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, in men's soccer action on Sunday afternoon in the College of Charleston's Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic at Blackbaud Stadium.
Edet, a native of Frisco, Texas, put the Paladins (1-1-0) in front in the 40th minute. After receiving a pass from Eric Steber, the forward fired to the lower right-hand corner at 39:54 for his first tally of 2014.
With the Gauchos applying heavy pressure to the Furman defense in the second half, the Paladins doubled their lead on a long range effort by sophomore Eli Pinner at the 78:07 mark. The Atlanta, Ga., product made a long run through the UCSB midfield and launched a shot from outside the 18-yard box that beat Gaucho goalkeeper Josh McNeely.
Edet capped the scoring in the 87th minute. Lewis Hawke played the forward into a one-v-one situation with McNeely and Edet slotted his shot past the keeper for his second goal of the afternoon at the 86:30 mark.
"That was a really good win for us against a quality, perennial NCAA top 10 opponent," said Furman head coach Doug Allison. "I am proud of our boys as it was important for them to come out today in the heat of Charleston to play tough and disciplined for 90 minutes. We want to thank College of Charleston and Mr. and Mrs. Olitsky for all they do in honor of their son Aaron."
UC Santa Barbara held a 12-7 edge in shots attempts, but the Paladins matched the Gauchos' four shots on goal in a game that was played in high heat and humidity.
Lissek, who earned NSCAA All-South Region honors last season, stopped four shots, including two over the final 45 minutes, to earn the shutout for Furman. McNeely registered one save for UCSB.
Edet, Lissek and Marco Ortiz were named to the all-tournament team following Sunday's tournament finale.
The Paladins return to Seagraves Field and Stone Soccer Stadium to open their home schedule next weekend with the Gray Griffin Memorial Tournament. Tournament play begins on Friday, September 5, with Georgia State battling College of Charleston at 5 p.m., followed by Furman taking on North Florida at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Charleston and North Florida square off at 1 p.m. with Furman hosting Georgia State at 3:30 p.m.
Live statistics for all four matches will be available thru StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com with free live streaming video for Furman's matches available on the Paladins official website via the SoCon Digital Network.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information