What you need to know:
*GSU won its second straight match after beating ULM 2-1 on Senior Night
*Caitlin Ray scored both goals for the Panthers
*Georgia State is back in action next Friday at Appalachian State
ATLANTA – Caitlin Ray knocked in two goals and gave Georgia State back-to-back victories on GSU’s Senior Night, boosting the Panthers to a 2-1 win over ULM on Friday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
Georgia State improved to 4-9-1 overall and 2-4 in the Sun Belt while ULM dropped to 0-13-0 and 0-6 in conference play. The win was also the Panthers’ fourth in a row against the Warhawks.
“The girls came together and played really well tonight,” GSU head coach Ed Joyce said. “It was fitting that our seniors Monique Hundley and Caitlin Ray had a big hand in our success. I am really proud of the girls for digging in and getting the result.”
GSU dominated possession from the opening whistle, going on a relentless attack that led to numerous opportunities on goal. The Panthers broke the scoreless tie in the 23rd minute when Ray corralled a saved shot from Monique Hundley and buried the ball in the back of the net to put her team ahead 1-0. Georgia State ended the first half with 17 total shots and 11 on target, while ULM finished with just two total shots and one on goal.
The Warhawks shoved resolve in the early moments of the second half and eventually found the equalizer in the 64th minute off a set piece from about 25 yards out. Georgia State continued its frantic pace of attack and belted shot after shot in the direction of the ULM keeper, eventually answering the ULM goal with the game-winner when a lead pass from Alex Addington met Ray who dribbled past a defender and fired her second goal of the night.
Georgia State ended Friday’s match with 27 total shots and 18 shots on goal, the most shots on goal the Panthers’ have had in a single match in the modern era. It’s 27 total shots in a match are the most since the 2015 season, when GSU fired 31 shots against Louisiana on Sept. 27. The Panthers also ended with 11 corner kicks, the most since the 2015 season.
Ray set a new career-high with four shots on goal and tied her career-high of four total shots in Friday’s win. Addington finished with four total shots and three on goal, setting a new career-high for shots on goal in a single match. Also setting a new career-high was Hundley, who finished the night with four shots on goal.
Georgia State returns to action next Friday at Appalachian State. Fans can follow along via live stats at AppStateSports.com.
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