The Georgia State women's soccer team opened the 2012 pre-season by tying Samford, 0-0, in the Panthers' only exhibition game of the 2012-13 season.

It was a good test for the Panthers under new head coach Derek Leader, as Samford is the reigning SoCon champion and went undefeated last season until the NCAA tournament.

The first half was a defensive battle, with neither team scoring a goal. Samford managed five shots, two on goal, but junior goalkeeper Rebecca Ingram saved both shots. The Panthers were able to push the ball down the field a few times, but couldn't come up with a shot.

At 7:38, with seven minutes left in the first half, players were called off the field because a lightning strike was recorded nearby. At 9:20, players were allowed back onto the now-muddy field after an hour and a half of steady rain. The rest of the first half and halftime were forfeited, and the match resumed at the start of the second half.

Georgia State generated more offense in the second half. Junior Jewel Evans got one shot on goal, while two freshmen recorded the other three shots for Georgia State. Ashley Nagy nabbed two shots and Lauren Harriman got one shot off.

"We showed a lot of character coming out after that rain delay in the second half," Leader said after the game. "Samford was really on top of us in that first half, but the credit for this game really has to go to the back line. They played phenomenally and I'm really proud of them. Our goalkeepers, both Beccas, also played solid 45 minutes each. It was a good start to the season against a really talented Samford team."

Even though Samford got 10 more shots off than Georgia State (14-4), junior Rebecca Toler denied all goals by the Bulldogs in the second half. Toler also saved two shots.

The season opens with the first regular-season match of the season for Georgia State coming next Friday, Aug. 17, at Auburn at 8 p.m. ET in Auburn, Ala.