MOBILE, Ala. – South Alabama defended its home turf on Sunday afternoon as the Jaguars handed Georgia State a 3-0 loss at The Cage.

The loss was GSU’s second in a row, dropping the team to 4-6-1 overall and 1-2 in conference play. South Alabama, in sole possession of first place in the league standings, improved to 8-2-2 on the year and 3-0-1 in the Sun Belt.

The Jaguars used an early goal in the sixth minute of Sunday’s contest to take 1-0 lead and added a second goal in the 27th minute when a cross connected with the Sun Belt’s leading scorer Briana Morris who headed in her ninth goal of the season.

USA took a 2-0 lead into the break and held a 3-1 advantage in shots on target after the opening 45 minutes of play.

Georgia State had an opportunity to cut into the South Alabama lead in the 54th minute after a foul in the box rewarded the Panthers a penalty kick. Jimena Cabrero fired a strike toward the left corner of the goal, but the USA keeper was there to make the stop and keep the clean sheet.

South Alabama got its third goal of the afternoon in the 84th minute after Moa Ohman won a one-on-one inside the box and tapped in the score. Each team finished the match with nine total shots while the Jaguars held a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.

Georgia State returns to action 7 p.m. Friday to host Arkansas State at the GSU Soccer Complex.

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