What you need to know:
* The Panthers announced their 20 game fall schedule Tuesday afternoon.
* GSU will host 10 matches and play seven rematches from last season.
* Georgia State's schedule is highlighted by two Power Five match-ups and five SBC opponents.
ATLANTA- Georgia State men's soccer head coach Brett Surrency announced its 2017 schedule Tuesday afternoon. The schedule features in-state rivals Mercer and Georgia Southern, as well as Power Five opponents Louisville and Wake Forest.
“The schedule will be very challenging and we will be pushed to our limits very early this season,” said Surrency. “With so many returners, we wanted to put together a difficult schedule and it's clear we've done that. It's also quite evident that the Sun Belt will take another step forward and we expect it to be as competitive as it's ever been this fall. Both our non-conference and conference games will require our best but that why it's so exciting to think about. We can't wait to report Aug. 8 and get on the grind in the hopes of doing something special.”
The Panthers will open the fall slate with a pair of exhibition matches, hosting Clayton State on Aug. 14 and travelling to Jacksonville, Fla. to face North Florida on Aug. 19.
The team will open regular season play with a three-match homestand, the longest of the season. GSU will host in-state rival Mercer on Aug. 25 and USC Upstate on Aug. 27, before hosting Louisville to open September play.
Georgia State will head to North Carolina to face National Champion runner-up Wake Forest, its second Power Five opponent in-a-row.
GSU will then face Lipscomb on Sept. 9, before hosting Belmont and Winthrop on Sept. 12 and Sept. 16, respectively.
The team will hit the road to close September play in its longest road stretch of the season, heading to South Carolina to face Presbyterian on Sept. 19 and College of Charleston on Sept. 26. The final September match for GSU will be in Jacksonville against the Dolphins on Sept. 30.
The Panthers will host UAB on Oct. 3 before their first conference match at Georgia Southern on Oct. 7. The team will host its first Sun Belt match of the season when Howard comes to Panthersville on Oct. 14.
Georgia State will face three North Carolina schools next, travelling to UNC Asheville on Oct. 17. The team will host Appalachian State for a league match-up on Oct. 21 before facing the 49ers in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 24.
The 2017 fall slate will close out with two conference opponents, with the Panthers splitting time away and at home. The team will face Hartwick on the road on Oct. 28 and will host Coastal Carolina on Nov. 4 on senior day.
The Sun Belt Championship will be hosted by Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., from Nov. 10-12, this year. The team looks to advance to the NCAA Men's College Cup for the first time since 2011 after earning three second-place tournament finishes in-a-row.
The Panthers will return 10 starters from last year's squad that went 14-8 overall and 3-2 in Sun Belt play. The team ranked No. 11 in the country in scoring offense and No. 5 in total goals with 42, while leading scorer Hannes Burmeister ranked No. 19 in total goals with 11.