ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer dropped a back-and-fourth battle against rival Georgia Southern 2-1 Saturday night at the GSU Soccer Complex, snapping the Panthers’ five-match unbeaten streak against the Eagles.
The loss moved GSU to 6-2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Sun Belt while Georgia Southern went to 6-5-1 on the year and 1-0 in conference play. Georgia State also saw its seven-match home win streak come to an end on Saturday, a streak that dated back to the 2018 season.
Georgia Southern got on the board first in the 37th minute when PJ Amponsah scored a powerful strike from the right-hand side of the box off an assist from Adam Davie. GSU had its share of chances to even the score throughout the first half but was unable to connect on three great opportunities inside the box.
Georgia Southern held an 8-7 advantage in total shots after the first 45 minutes of competition, with both teams firing two shots on target.
The second half started with a similar tempo to the first, with both teams pressing high and looking to make chances quickly. The Panthers came out more aggressive and continued to play their game down the wings which created the most chances for them in the first half.
GSU eventually found the equalizer in the 86th minute, when Alex Summerfield swung in a left-footed cross that Matthew Fearnley struck on the full volley resulting in his fourth goal of the season. The Ashton-in-Makerfield, England, native has recorded a goal in each of the last three contests for Georgia State.
Less than three minutes later and with under 30 seconds left on the clock, Georgia Southern answered with the game-winning goal from Asgeir Kristjansson, who scored from just inside the corner of the 18-yard box to give the Eagles the win.
The match was the first contest between Georgia State and Georgia Southern in the annual rivalry series, which the Eagles lead 1-0 after Saturday’s 2-1 victory. GSU and GS next square off in women’s soccer on Sunday in Statesboro, Ga.
Georgia State is back in action 7 p.m. Tuesday for a road contest against No. 5 Charlotte in what will be a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Tournament First Round matchup.