Georgia State (5-0-3) vs. Mercer (7-2)
Saturday, Oct. 5
Atlanta, Ga. | 7 p.m. ET
ATLANTA – After setting a new program record for most consecutive games without a loss to open a season, Georgia State men’s soccer returns to the pitch for a Saturday night showdown against in-state rival Mercer at the GSU Soccer Complex.
◊ Mercer enters the weekend on a three-game win streak, most recently defeating Winthrop 2-1 on Tuesday. Sophomore forward Trevor Martineau scored both goals for the Bears.
◊ Martineau has scored a goal in each of the last three games for Mercer. He has seven goals and seven assists for 21 total points and ranks third in NCAA Division I in both total assists and total points, and fourth in points per game (2.33).
◊ The Bears have nearly doubled their opponents’ shots on goal through nine contests, firing 60 shots on target while holding opponents to just 38.
◊ Saturday will be the 57th all-time meeting between GSU and Mercer. The Panthers lead the series 35-18-3, including a 20-4-2 record in matches played at the GSU Soccer Complex.
LAST TIME OUT
◊ For the first time in school history, Georgia State men’s soccer has opened the first eight matches of the season without a loss.
◊ The Panthers earned a 1-0 victory over Stetson Tuesday night at the Athletic Training Center, surpassing the previous record of seven straight matches without a loss to start the year set in 1967.
◊ Frank Rosenwald scored the lone goal of the match, his fourth of the season. Rosenwald was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a goal and adding an assist in GSU’s 2-2 draw with ETSU.
◊ Redshirt junior goalkeeper Paul Tyson finished with a season-high six saves against the Hatters and earned his third shutout of the year, the most among all goalies in the Sun Belt.
◊ Georgia State owns one of the top offenses in Division I men’s soccer, ranking inside the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (2.25), shots on goal per game (6.88) and shot accuracy (.500).
◊ Aris Briggs has tallied nine goals through eight matches, leading all Division I men’s soccer players with a 1.13 goals per game average. Briggs also ranks tied for second in total goals (9) and third in points per game (2.38).
◊ Junior midfielder Dylan Morris has tallied three assists this season, tied for the most among all players in the Sun Belt.
◊ The Panthers are ranked No. 7 the latest United Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Region rankings.