ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's soccer team finished its spring season strong as it looks to build momentum towards the fall season in 2012.
Taking on their first competition with first-year head coach Derek Leader at the helm, the Panthers head into the offseason after posting an excellent result against a Southeastern Conference opponent. GSU tied Ole Miss 2-2 in Oxford, Miss., on Apr. 14 behind goals from sophomore Jewel Evans and freshman midfielder Eryka Hawkins. The tie was the only blemish on Ole Miss' spring schedule which included a victory at Memphis, a top-16 seed in last season's NCAA Tournament.
"Ending on a high note and tying at Ole Miss sent the team off with a positive spirit for the summer," Leader said, "Tying an SEC opponent on the road showed us what we are capable of and will be great preparation for next season's opener on the road."
Evans scored two goals on the spring with her first being the game winner in GSU's 1-0 victory vs. North Georgia on Mar. 10. Junior midfielder Carly Lafferty scored Georgia State's other goal of the spring.
"We are looking forward to the fall of 2012," Leader said, "One thing we will stress is we have to be able to win matches against teams that we should win against. We want to carry most of the possession and dictate the style of play against those teams, and we have to do that if we are going to be successful."
Georgia State now enters offseason preparations for the 2012 fall season. The team has yet to release its fall schedule.
"The girls have come a long way and know exactly what is expected of them in the summer," Leader said, "We expect them to work hard in the offseason and we look forward to the fall."
Visit the women's soccer page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for the latest news as the team prepares for the 2012 fall season.