What you need to know:
* The Panthers defeated rival Georgia Southern for the third straight year in the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals.
* Junior Max Hemmings scored the game-winner, his third of the season.
* GSU will advance to the finals, facing either Coastal Carolina or Howard.
CONWAY, S.C.- The No. 2 seed Georgia State earned a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Georgia Southern in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament. Junior Max Hemmings scored the game-winner, his third of the season.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 12-6-1 and the Eagles fell to 9-8-1. GSU also earned a bonus point in the Georgia State Georgia Southern rivalry series with the win.
Both offenses took time to feel each other out, with most of the first-half play remaining at midfield. At the 32-minute mark, Frank Rosenwald put GSU on the board with an assist from Salomon Lorenzano.
The Panthers came out of the half looking to maintain in the lead, edging the score to 2-0 in the 53rd minute. Max Hemmings scored the go-ahead goal off an Eagle rebound, with the ball bouncing off Georgia Southern’s keeper into the net.
The Eagles were able to cut Georgia State’s lead to 2-1, scoring off a corner kick at the 67-minute mark. Junior Jukas Joyner put the game away 10 minutes later, scoring off an assist from Liam Fitzsimmons.
The Panthers will advance to the final round of the championship, playing either No. 1 Coastal Carolina or No. 5 Howard.
Kickoff for the championship match is set for 1 p.m. Live stats and a live stream will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
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