What you need to know:
*Georgia State knocked off Troy 3-2 Sunday to earn its first conference win of the year
*Lily Barron, Brooke Shank and Brooke Smith had goals for the Panthers
*GSU is back in action 7 p.m. Friday against ULM
ATLANTA – Georgia State held off a late rally from Troy and earned its first Sun Belt win of the season after Brooke Smith’s game-winning goal off a free kick in the 87th minute lifted the Panthers to a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The win boosted GSU to 3-9-1 overall and 1-4 in conference play, while Troy dropped to 2-10-1 on the year and 1-3 in the Sun Belt. Sunday’s victory also snapped Georgia State’s seven-game losing streak, giving the Panthers their first win since Aug. 31.
“The girls worked really hard today and had some really good moments,” GSU head coach Ed Joyce said. “It was frustrating to concede the two late goals but I am proud of the resilience we showed to get the game-winner.”
GSU controlled the possession for the majority of Sunday’s match, as the Panthers opened the game with a strong attack and got several good looks at goal. Both teams headed to the break knotted at zero, but Georgia State held a 9-3 advantage in total shots and 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Emily Burke was fouled in the box in the 49th minute, resulting in a successful penalty kick from Brooke Shank for her fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 GSU lead. Thirteen minutes later freshman defender Lexy Smith fired a great lead pass to Lily Barron who tapped it past the keeper to put the Panthers ahead 2-0.
Troy continued to battle and quickly answered with a goal of its own in the 64th minute. The Trojans later struck the equalizer off a free kick just outside the box with under eight minutes to play.
Georgia State responded in the 87th minute when Smith belted a low driven shot from about 20 yards out on a set piece to give GSU the go-ahead score. It was Smith’s first goal of the season and her first game-winning goal as a Panther.
GSU rattled off 23 total shots and 15 shots on target while Troy finished with nine total shots and seven on target. The Panthers’ 15 shots on goal were the most the program has had in a single match since Georgia State fired 17 shots on goal against Alabama A&M on Sept. 11, 2015.
Shank recorded four shots on goal for the third time in her GSU career, tying her career high for shots on target in a single match. Barron and Brisa Zavala also set new single-match career highs in Sunday’s win, with Barron finishing with four total shots and three on goal, while Zavala had three total shots and two on goal.
The Panthers return to action 7 p.m. Friday against ULM at the GSU Soccer Complex. Fans can follow the game via live stats at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
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