What you need to know:
*GSU opened Sun Belt play with a 0-0 draw at Appalachian State
*Saturday’s draw was the Panthers’ first of the season
*Georgia State returns to the pitch 7 p.m. Tuesday for a home match against Stetson
BOONE, N.C. – Georgia State men’s soccer opened Sun Belt play with a 0-0 draw against Appalachian State Saturday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, the second consecutive match the Panthers and Mountaineers have ended in a scoreless tie.
GSU moved to 6-3-1 overall and 0-0-1 in conference play while Appalachian State went to 6-2-2 on the year and 0-0-1 in the Sun Belt. Saturday was Georgia State’s first draw in a conference opening match since the 2008 season.
The Mountaineers held a 4-3 advantage in total shots after the first 45 minutes of play, but GSU was able to fire two shots on target while Appalachian State had only one. Max Hemmings booted an accurate shot in the 37th minute but the Mountaineers keeper make the save to keep the clean sheet.
Neither team was able to break the scoreless tie in the second half, extending the match to a first overtime period and later a second. The Panthers’ final shot attempt of the match came in the 78th minute when Dylan Morris flicked a shot that was corralled by the App State keeper.
GSU keeper Paul Tyson earned his fourth shutout of the season on Saturday, including his third in the last four matches. The Junior keeper from Liverpool, England, ended the night with three total saves and faced 13 total shots from the Appalachian State attack, the second most he’s seen this year.
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