ATLANTA – Behind a solid defensive performance and first-half goal from freshman Jimena Cabrero, Georgia State women’s soccer earned a 1-0 shutout victory over Texas State Sunday afternoon at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The win was GSU’s second in a row and improved the team to 5-2-1 on its home turf this season. Georgia State (6-8-2, 3-4-1 SBC) moved into a four-way tie for sixth place in the Sun Belt standings with 10 points while Texas State (8-6-2, 4-3-1 SBC) remained in fourth place with 13 points.
Scoring chances came at a premium in the first half of Sunday’s contest, as each side produced only three shots apiece in the opening 45 minutes of play.
The Panthers were able to capitalize on their opportunity in the 29th minute, when Cabrero dribbled past two Texas State defenders and buried the only goal of the match. The score was the Santander, Spain, native’s fourth game-winning goal of the year, tied for the most among all players in the Sun Belt.
The defensive battle continued into the second half, where GSU had a few opportunities to extend its lead with shots on target from Cabrero, Liz Anne Fogarty and Jolie Ryff, but was unable to net a second goal.
Georgia State finished the afternoon with seven total shots and five on goal while limiting Texas State to just six shots and one on frame. With its 1-0 victory, GSU became the first team to score a goal on the Bobcats in the month of October, who entered Sunday on a four-match win streak.
The Sun Belt women’s soccer regular season wraps up next weekend before the top eight teams are decided for the conference tournament Nov. 6-10 at the Foley Sports Complex in Foley, Ala.
GSU rounds out the regular season with a road match against ULM on Friday night then returns to the GSU Soccer Complex for its final home game of the year against Appalachian State at 1 p.m. Sunday.