Mt. Pleasant, S.C. -- Furman jumped out to a first half lead and compiled a 25-7 edge in shots, but the Paladins were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Navy in their final game in the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic at the College of Charleston's Patriots Point Athletics Complex on Sunday.
The Paladins' draw, coupled with College of Charleston's Sunday afternoon loss to FIU, gave Furman the tournament title.
After the Paladins created several early chances, Josiah Baker,who was named the tournament's MVP, broke the deadlock with his second score of the season in the 35th minute. The sophomore, who scored the game-winning goal versus No. 23 FIU on Friday, exploded past a pair of Midshipmen defenders and fired a low shot to the right-hand corner to give the Paladins the lead.
Navy's Mac Burke denied Conor Sloan his first career goal with a save in the opening minutes of the second half and the Midshipmen equalized from the penalty spot at the 49:36 mark when Daniel Kwon converted the kick after the Paladins committed a foul in the box.
Furman looked like it may regain the lead just minutes later when a Navy foul awarded the Paladins a spot kick at the 53:35 mark, but Rocky Guerra's effort was saved by Burke. The Paladins continued to pepper the Navy goalkeeper the rest of the afternoon, but Burke kept the clean sheet despite Furman's 25-7 shots advantage and 11-3 lead in shots on goal.
Jonathan Smith recorded two saves for the Paladins, while Burke finished with 10 saves for the Midshipmen. Furman compiled an 11-6 edge in corner kicks.
The Paladins return home to Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium next Saturday to host College of Charleston in the Gray Griffin Memorial Game.
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Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information