A late goal in the 84th minute by junior Lyndsey Gaffney gave the women’s soccer team its second win of the weekend, a 3-2 decision over Georgia Southern.
Georgia State (3-3) took an early 2-0 lead, before watching Georgia Southern (4-1-2) storm back to tie it up in the second half. But a last second goal by Gaffney handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. Southern had allowed only one previous goal in their six previous matches.
Sophomore Nikki Fedele got things going in the first half, scoring in the 19th minute, on a header from a cross from junior Jewel Evans to put the Panthers up 1-0. Not more than one minute later, junior Alyssia Feronti was tapped to take a penalty shot for Georgia State. She sent the ball into the top right corner past the goalie, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Host Georgia Southern, however, wasn’t daunted by the two-goal deficit. In the 28th minute, Sydnie Van Curen put the Eagles on the board. At the half, Georgia State led 2-1.
About 15 minutes into the second half, the Eagles scored again to tie the game at 2-2. Time continued to wind down and it was starting to look like the match would be headed into overtime. But at the 84th minute, Gaffney made the game-winning goal for the Panthers. Sophomore Whitney Ravan crossed the ball across the box, and from 16 yards out, Gaffney launched the ball past the goalie.
Junior Rebecca Toler, in her second game starting in goal for the Panthers, recorded nine saves. The Panthers took a total of 24 shots in the game, five of which were on goal.
This is the first 2-0 weekend for new coach Derek Leader and the first for Georgia State since the weekend of Sept. 16, 2011.
"We're excited to get both wins this weekend against in-state rivals," Leader said. "It was a hard-fought battle and we are happy to come out victorious. We had fantastic opportunities throughout the game and were able to finish on those opportunities. We are very happy with the progress and the work rate of our girls."
The Panthers will next play at home on Friday night at 7 p.m. against UT Martin, following Georgia State men’s team at 4 p.m.