What you need to know:
*Georgia State won its third match in a row after shutting out Appalachian State 2-0 on Friday
*Lily Barron and Brooke Shank each netted a goal for the Panthers
*GSU plays next 1 p.m. Sunday against Coastal Carolina at the GSU Soccer Complex
BOONE, N.C. – Georgia State women’s soccer shutout Appalachian State 2-0 Friday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, picking up a huge conference victory and winning its third in a row – the first time since the 2015 season the Panthers have strung together three consecutive wins.
GSU improved to 5-9-1 overall and 3-4 in the Sun Belt while the Mountaineers fell to 7-6-1 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. The Panthers picked up three points in the win, moving them into sixth place in the conference standings.
“Appalachian State is really a tough team to play against as they have a great team culture and put you under pressure from the first whistle to the last,” GSU head coach Ed Joyce said. “We are really pleased with the grit our group showed tonight. The girls worked really hard for each other and created some quality moments. We couldn’t be more proud.”
Georgia State controlled possession for most of the first period, keeping the ball in the Appalachian State half of the field and pressuring the Mountaineers’ back line with solid passes and strong shots.
Brooke Shank broke the scoreless tie in the 35th minute when she headed in a cross from Monique Hundley. It was Shank’s fifth goal and Hundley’s third assist of the season, each leading the team in those respective categories.
Appalachian State fought back in the second half, more than doubling its shot count thanks to a more aggressive attack. GSU withheld a quick flurry of shots from the Mountaineers in the early moments of the half, then settled in and added to its lead in the 70th minute when Lily Barron booted in a goal off a deflected shot from Caitlin Ray.
Georgia State keeper Madi Card earned her fourth win of the year on Friday, ending the night with a season-high nine saves and her first clean sheet. Together the Panthers’ defense held an App State team that ranked third in the league in goals scored without a goal for just the second time in its last six matches.
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