What you need to know:
*Georgia State improved to 2-0 with a win in the home opener Monday against Kennesaw State.
*The Panthers will travel to Jacksonville with men's soccer for a double header against Jacksonville and North Florida Friday and Sunday.
ATLANTA- Georgia State improves to 2-0 for the season after a 3-2 victory over Kennesaw State Monday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
Freshman Monique Hundley scored the first goal of the game, unassisted, in the first nine minutes. This was the first career goal for Hundley. Kennesaw State struck back minutes later to tie the match. The Panthers and Owls went into the half tied at 1-1
Five minutes into the second half, newcomer Alexis Thomas had the next goal, also unassisted, to break the tie, but KSU scored just a minute later on a penalty kick to even it at 2. This was Thomas’ first goal at GSU.
A goal by Callie O’Connor in the final 10 minutes of the game then provided GSU the win.
KSU outshot GSU 16-10 and had 11 shots on goal, but junior Brie Haynes had a fantastic game with nine saves for the Panthers. Haynes was just one goal away from tying her career-record (10) for saves in a game. GSU was effective with five shots on goal and three into the net.
The Panthers' depth helped the attack as GSU had five players come off the bench to log 25 or more minutes of action. This was the sixth meeting between KSU and GSU as the Owls cling to a 3-2-1 series lead and five of the six have been decided by one goal or were a draw.
"We had a fantastic win and a tremendous crowd. We are so excited to start the season with two wins, especially tonight's," head coach Derek Leader said about the victory,
GSU heads to Jacksonville with men’s soccer this weekend for a double header against Jacksonville and North Florida.
The next home game for women’s soccer will be Sept. 6 against Tennessee Tech.