What you need to know:

*GSU will take on Georgia in Athens on Friday night and host Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon
*The Panthers rank fourth in the Sun Belt in goals against average
*Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Turner Soccer Complex


ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s soccer team gears up for a tough two-game stretch that features back-to-back matchups against SEC opponents in Georgia and Vanderbilt this weekend. It will be the first time since the 2013 season that the Panthers will take on an opponent from the Southeastern Conference.

GSU (2-3-1) will attempt to bounce back from its first loss since mid-August after the Panthers dropped a 2-0 decision to UAB Sunday at the GSU Soccer Complex. Despite the loss, Georgia State finished with eight more shots and six more corner kicks than its opponent.

The Panthers enter the weekend ranked second in the Sun Belt in total shots with 74 and fourth in goals against average at 1.06. Junior midfielder Brooke Shank leads GSU in goals scored (3), total points (6), total shots (15) and shots on goal (7). Friday’s contest will be Ed Joyce’s first match against an SEC foe as the GSU head coach.

Georgia (2-2-2) returns to the pitch after a 0-0 draw against Virginia Tech on Sunday. It was the first time the Bulldogs have played to a scoreless draw since head coach Billy Lesesne’s first game with UGA in August 2015. The Bulldogs currently rank tied for first in the SEC in total saves with 33.

Vanderbilt (5-1-0) extended its winning streak to five games after knocking off North Alabama 4-0 on Sunday. The Commodores will host Western Kentucky on Thursday before heading to Atlanta to take on the Panthers Sunday afternoon at the GSU Soccer Complex. Kaylann Boyd and Haley Hopkins lead Vanderbilt with four goals apiece this year.

Friday will be the 16th all-time meeting between Georgia and Georgia State. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 13-0-2 and won the most recent outing 4-1 in 2011.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Turner Soccer Complex in Athens, Ga. Fans can watch the game live on SEC Network+ or follow along via live stats.

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