What you need to know:
*GSU takes on Little Rock in the SBC Tournament Semifinals
*The Panthers won their opening round match against Coastal Carolina 3-2 in overtime
*Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EST Friday at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex
FOLEY, Ala. – After a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over three-seed Coastal Carolina in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Wednesday night, Georgia State women’s soccer gears up for a semifinal match against two-seed Little Rock Friday night at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex.
GSU (8-9-2) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games on Wednesday, getting the game-winning goal from Brooke Shank in the 94th minute. Lily Barron supplied Georgia State with its first goal of the match, then after two goals from the Chanticleers Caitlin Ray netted the equalizer with eight minutes left in regulation to force overtime. Shank increased her total to six goals this season, the fourth most among all players in the Sun Belt.
The Panthers will look to make it to the finals in back-to-back conference tournament appearances, as GSU earned a spot in the championship match in 2015 after pulling two straight upsets before falling to eventual champion South Alabama. Ray and Monique Hundley, each freshman during the 2015 run, both made their mark in Wednesday’s contest as Ray finished with three points off a goal and an assist and Hundley picked up the game-winning assist off a corner kick in the 94th minute.
Little Rock (12-4-3) edged past seven-seed Arkansas State 4-3 in penalty kicks after ending the second overtime period at a 1-1 standstill. The Trojans have tallied 38 total goals and 10 shutouts this season, leading the Sun Belt in both categories. The team is led by senior forward Arola Aparicio Gili, who has accumulated 17 points this year and is one of four Trojans named to the First Team All-Sun Belt.
Friday will be the second time the two teams square off against one another this season, as Little Rock won the first meeting 1-0 on Sept. 21 after scratching across the only goal of the match in the 80th minute. Despite the loss, the Panthers held a 7-4 advantage in shots on target and a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Hundley, Hannah Davis and freshman Ella Powell led GSU with two shots apiece.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EST Friday at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex. All matches of the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be broadcasted live on ESPN+ and live stats are available at SunBeltSports.org.
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2018 Women's Soccer Championship Schedule
Wednesday, October 31 (First Round)
Match 1 - #5 South Alabama 3, #4 Appalachian State 0
Match 2 - #1 Texas State 1, #8 Troy 0
Match 3 - #2 Little Rock 1, #7 Arkansas State 1 (LR Advances on PKs, 4-3)
Match 4 - #6 Georgia State 3, #3 Coastal Carolina 2 (OT)
Friday, November 2 (Semifinals)
Match 5 - #1 Texas State vs. #5 South Alabama – 4 p.m. CT
Match 6 - #2 Little Rock vs. #6 Georgia State – 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, November 4 (Championship Match)
Match 7 - 1 p.m. CT – Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner
All matches will be broadcast live on ESPN+