What you need to know:
*Georgia State opened the 2018 season with a 5-1 victory in Saturday’s exhibition against Truett-McConnell
*Kyle Clinton, Max Hemmings, Logan Luque and George Rodriguez all scored goals for the Panthers
*GSU returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its second exhibition vs. North Florida
ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer team kicked off the 2018 season in dominant fashion, cruising past NAIA power Truett-McConnell 5-1 in Saturday’s exhibition at the GSU Soccer Complex. Four different Panthers notched a goal, including junior Kyle Clinton, who finished with two.
The two teams competed for three 30-minute periods, allowing coaches to test different lineups and provide playing time for their entire rosters.
A cross from GSU’s Frank Rosenwald connected with George Rodriguez who scored the first goal of the match in the third minute of Saturday’s contest. The Panthers went up 2-0 just 14 minutes later when a pass from Max Hemmings met Clinton inside the box and Clinton knocked the ball past the keeper.
Hemmings followed with a goal of his own in the second period to put Georgia State up 3-0. Clinton scored his second goal of the match in the 46th minute and freshman Logan Luque added another off an assist from Jack Hilton-Jones in the 55th minute to give GSU a 5-0 advantage. Truett-McConnell scored its lone goal of the game in the third period off a penalty kick.
The Panthers stayed in attack-mode all night, firing a total of 15 shots compared to Truett-McConnell’s five. Nine of GSU’s shots were on target while only one of Truett-McConnell’s were.
Georgia State returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its second exhibition vs. North Florida at the GSU Soccer Complex. The Panthers then travel to Jekyll Island, Ga. for three days of training and their final exhibition against Jacksonville on Aug. 18.
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