What you need to know:
* The Panthers earned a 3-1 victory over rival Georgia Southern Saturday afternoon on the road.
* Junior Hannes Burmeister scored the game-winner, his second of the season.
* Georgia State is now 8-4 (1-0 SBC) and earned the first point for the Panthers in the rivalry series with the Eagles.
STATESBORO, Ga.- The Georgia State men’s soccer team earned its first conference win of the season over rival Georgia Southern Saturday night. Junior Hannes Burmeister scored the game-winner, his second of the season.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 8-4 (1-0 SBC) and the Eagles fell to 5-5 (1-1 SBC).
Georgia State put five shots on the board in the first half, with just two on target. Kyle Clinton put the Panthers up 1-0 at the 32-minute mark, netting the ball off a free throw from Liam Fitzsimmons.
Coming out of halftime, the Eagles tied the match quickly off a free kick in the 48th minute. Burmeister was able to score what proved to be the game-winner off a penalty kick in the 61st minute, with Rashid Alarape putting the game away at the 87-minute mark on an unassisted goal.
Georgia Southern was able to outshoot the Panthers 14-10, with the Eagles putting just three shots on goal to Georgia State’s five.
“It was a gutsy performance tonight against a tough Georgia Southern team,” head coach Brett Surrency said. “Coach Murphy has instilled an excellent culture with the program and they are a team you must compete with for the entire match. It wasn’t our best game tonight but we found a way to get critical points on the road and I believe that’s what good teams do. We will look forward to a week off and get ourselves ready for Howard next weekend at home.”
The Panthers will return to the GSU Soccer complex for their second Sun Belt match, hosting Howard on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
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