What you need to know:

*Georgia State begins conference play Saturday night with a match at Appalachian State
*The Panthers look to start 1-0 in the Sun Belt for the second straight season
*Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex


ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer looks to start Sun Belt play 1-0 for the second straight season, as the Panthers travel to Boone, N.C., to take on Appalachian State Saturday night in the conference opener.

GSU (6-3-0) looks to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Santa Clara last Saturday, a defeat that snapped the Panthers’ six-game win streak. The loss was the first time all season Georgia State had conceded more than one goal in a single match. GSU enters the weekend ranked tied for first in the conference in goals allowed (7) and third in total shots (110), points (37) and goals (14).

Senior defender Lukas Joyner leads the Panthers with three goals scored, while midfielder Max Hemmings leads the team in total shots with 29, the second most for a Sun Belt player this year. In goal, GSU’s Paul Tyson ranks first in the conference in save percentage (.800) and is second in goals against average (0.78).

Appalachian State (6-2-1) returns to the pitch after shutting out George Mason 3-0 last Saturday. The Mountaineers got two goals from reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week Zeiko Harris in the win. Appalachian State is tied with GSU for first in the league with seven goals allowed and ranks second in total shots (130), points (43), goals (15) and assists (13).

Saturday will be the 10th meeting between the two programs, with Georgia State holding a 5-3-1 advantage in the all-time series. In the most recent outing, the two teams went to double overtime and ended in a 0-0 draw.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in Boone, N.C. Fans can follow along via live stats at AppStateSports.com.

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