MARIETTA, Ga. – The Georgia State women’s soccer team opened the 2018 season with an exhibition vs. Charlotte Sunday afternoon at the North Atlanta Soccer Association Tophat field. The Panthers were able to test different lineups as well as provide each player meaningful minutes on the field.

The two teams competed for three 30-minute periods with five-minute intermissions in between.

While the final score yielded a 3-0 result in favor of Charlotte, GSU had some positive takeaways from their first official contest. The Panthers finished with three corner kicks while Charlotte had just one. Georgia State also stayed nearly even with its opponent in total shots, firing 11 total and four on goal while Charlotte had 14 total shots and six on goal.

“I thought today it was a pretty standard exhibition – there were some positives, but there’s also stuff we need to work on,” Georgia State head coach Ed Joyce said. “We’ve got a lot of kids who’ve never played college soccer before and got their first game under their belts. Everyone worked really hard and we’ve learned a bit more about ourselves and what we have to build upon moving forward.”

Brooke Shank and Hannah Davis led GSU with two shots apiece, while Alex Addington, Maya Boles, Monique Hundley and Shank all had a shot on goal for the Panthers. Goalkeepers Chancely Book, Maddie Card and Lydia Fraga all saw action on Sunday, combining for three saves.

Georgia State rounds out its two-game exhibition slate on Aug. 12 at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

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