ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer aims to remain unbeaten at home as the Panthers host rival Georgia Southern in their conference opener Saturday night at the GSU Soccer Complex. Saturday’s contest will be a rematch of the 2018 Sun Belt Tournament Championship, where GSU earned a 4-2 victory to claim the conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING GEORGIA SOUTHERN
◊ Georgia Southern returns to the pitch after a 1-1 draw at South Carolina on Tuesday. Sophomore forward Adam Davie scored the lone goal for the Eagles.
◊ Davie leads Georgia Southern with seven goals and two assists for 16 total points. His 16 points and seven goals both rank second in the conference behind only GSU’s Aris Briggs.
◊ As a team, the Eagles rank in the top-three in the Sun Belt in shots (118), goals (19) and assists (13).
◊ Saturday will be the 44th all-time meeting between Georgia State and Georgia Southern. The Panthers lead the series 27-10-6, including a 4-0-1 mark against the Eagles in the last five matchups.
LAST TIME OUT
◊ Georgia State saw its record setting nine-game unbeaten streak come to an end Tuesday night as the Panthers fell to Lipscomb 3-1 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex for their first loss of the year.
◊ Matthew Fearnley scored the lone goal of the match for the Panthers, his third of the season.
◊ Tuesday’s loss was the first time all year GSU conceded more than two goals in a single contest and just the second time this season it was held to one goal.
◊ Goalkeeper Paul Tyson ended the match with a season-high seven saves.
◊ Georgia State is 4-0 at the GSU Soccer Complex this year and has won seven straight home matches dating back to the 2018 season.
◊ Aris Briggs has tallied nine goals through ten matches, tied for seventh in goals per game average (0.90) among all players in Division I men’s soccer. Briggs also ranks tied for seventh nationally in total goals (9) and 14th in points per game (1.90).
◊ Junior midfielder Dylan Morris has tallied three assists this season, tied for the second-most among all players in the Sun Belt.
◊ GSU, ranked No. 5 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Region poll, was among the teams receiving votes in this week’s College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll for the first time this season.