What you need to know:
* The Panthers earned a 2-0 shutout over Chattanooga in their non-conference finale Sunday afternoon.
* Sohpmore Brooke Shank scored the game-winner, her first of the season.
* The team will open SBC play at home on Friday, hosting Texas State at 7 p.m.
ATLANTA- The Georgia State women’s soccer team earned its third shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over Chattanooga in its non-conference finale Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Brooke Shank scored the game-winner, her first of the season.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 2-4-1 and the Mocs fell to 2-4-2.
GSU maintained control of the ball early, holding Chattanooga to just one shot. Freshman Olivia Francis made her first career start in goal for the Panthers, making one save to keep the Mocs off the board in the first half.
Shank scored her first goal of the season at the 16-minute mark after a pass from Caitlin Ray to put GSU up 1-0, the eventual game-winner. Ray had a chance to put the team up 2-0, but an offsides call negated the goal.
Coming out of halftime, the Panthers looked to maintain their lead over the Mocs. The GSU defense allowed just three shots from Chattanooga, with none on target.
GSU led the shot count 18-4 with eight on target. Shank fired a team-high six shots, with four on goal, while Ploeg and Monique Hundley both fired four.
“We’ve only conceded more than one goal a game once this season but first half goals have hurt us so it’s nice to get a clean sheet today,” head coach Ed Joyce said. “It’s great to see some girls get minutes today for the first time this season and they played very well. I thought this was our best overall performance of the season and I’m really happy to see things come together for the start of conference play.”
Georgia State will open league play at home against Texas State on Friday at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and parking and admission to the GSU Soccer Complex is free to fans.
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