ATLANTA – A successful penalty kick from George Proctor in the 28th minute and a sixth goal from the Sun Belt’s leading scorer Aris Briggs was all it took for Georgia State men’s soccer to stay unbeaten after its fourth match, knocking off North Florida 2-0 Monday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The Panthers are off to a 3-0-1 start to the season, the best four-game start under head coach Brett Surrency. It is the third time in the last four years Surrency has led the blue and white to three victories in the team’s opening four contests.
Surrency, in his 10th season with Georgia State, inched one game closer to becoming the second coach in GSU men’s soccer history to reach 100 career wins. Monday’s win over the Ospreys put him at 92 victories, trailing only Scottie O’Neill (143) who coached the Panthers from 1976-86.
GSU struggled to get much going in their attacking third in the opening 20 minutes of Monday’s contest, but an Ospreys foul in the box opened the door for the Panthers and Proctor took full advantage. The junior defender buried the penalty kick for his first goal of the season, a 1-0 lead that GSU would take into the half.
North Florida battled in the second period, firing off eight shots in the final 45 minutes. The Ospreys had only two shots on target all night, both of which were corralled by GSU keeper Paul Tyson.
Tyson ended the night with two saves and his first shutout of the year. The Liverpool, England, native also bumped his goals against average to 0.95 in the win.
Briggs gave Georgia State the insurance it needed in the 81st minute, booting in his sixth goal of the season off an assist from Tristan Jumeau. Briggs has matched his 2018 season total for goals through four matches and leads the league in goals scored (6), points (12) and shots (18).
North Florida finished with a 12-7 advantage in total shots despite the loss, but the Panthers led in shots on target 3-2.
GSU gets a week off before returning to the pitch Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a road match against Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.
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