What you need to know:
* The Panthers fell 2-1 in double overtime to Coastal Carolina Saturday to end the regular season.
* Following the loss, GSU finished in third place in the conference standings.
* GSU finished the regular season 12-7 overall (3-2 Sun Belt).
CONWAY, S.C.- The Georgia State men’s soccer team fell just short of a Sun Belt regular season conference championship, losing to Coastal Carolina 2-1 in double overtime Saturday night. The team finished in third place in conference standings following the loss, and will face Howard in the Sun Belt tournament next Thursday.
The Panthers finished the regular season 12-7 overall (3-2 Sun Belt) while the Chanticleers improved to 7-6-3 overall (3-1-1 Sun Belt).
Both teams opened the match in defensive mode, splitting possession of the ball. Only eight shots were taken in the first half, with Georgia State taking two and making four saves.
Sophomore Max Hemmings had a chance to score and get the Panthers on the board early in the match, but a Chanticleer save kept the match even at 0-0 heading into halftime.
Freshman Frank Rosenwald scored at the 67 minute-mark off an assist from Rashid Alarape to give GSU a 1-0 lead mid-way through the second half. The goal is Rosenwald’s fifth of the season and Alarape’s fifth assist this year.
CCU answered late in the match, with Wes White scoring in the 84th minute. The Panther defense was able to hold Coastal Carolina and keep the match tied, forcing an overtime situation. The Chanticleers were able to go ahead of GSU at the 102 minute-mark, with White scoring the game-winner.
Junior Yannic Horn made nine saves for Georgia State, tying his season-high record set early in the season against Central Arkansas. Rosenwald led the team in shots with three, all of which were on goal.
“We’re disappointed in the result tonight but I am very pleased with our efforts,” head coach Brett Surrency said. “We will regroup and be ready for the conference tournament next week.”
The Panthers will open tournament play against Howard in the quarterfinals, playing on Nov. 10, at the GSU Soccer Complex.