Admission to the Sun Belt Men's Soccer Championship is $10 per car, per day or $20 for a tournament parking pass and is CASH ONLY. Both include admission to the stadium. Students of all Sun Belt Conference schools are admitted free to the championship with a student ID.
ATLANTA- After a 12-win season that saw the Panthers finish third in the conference, Georgia State will host the Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship beginning Thursday at the GSU Soccer Complex.
Georgia State finished the regular season 12-7 season and 3-2 in Sun Belt play. The Panthers had a chance to win the regular season title this past Saturday at Coastal Carolina, but the Chanticleers snapped GSU’s five-game winning streak to win the league.
GSU will be the No. 3 seed entering the tournament. The Panthers will face Howard, the No. 6 seed, Thursday night in the opening round of the tournament at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the match will play No. 2 seed Georgia Southern in semifinal round Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
The Panthers had their best season since 2011, earning an NCAA at-large tournament bid that year. The team had several huge wins this season, including a 2-1 double overtime win at Duke and a 3-2 overtime win at UNC Asheville.
GSU opened its season strong, going 3-1 in the first four games and going 4-1 in the team’s first five home matches. The team also had a strong finish, going 5-1 in the last six matches. The Panthers also went on a four-match shutout streak, the longest in program history since 1984.
On the attacking side of the ball, the Panthers had a dynamic season. The team ranks sixth nationally in total goals and ninth in scoring offense, ranking first in conference for both categories. Sophomores Hannes Burmeister and Max Hemmings led the offensive effort, scoring nearly half of the team’s 38 goals.
Georgia State has five student-athletes ranked in the top-10 in the league for goals, with Burmeister claiming the top spot with 11. Hemmings ranks third with seven goals, just ahead of freshman Frank Rosenwald with five. Freshman Kyle Clinton and senior Casey Shultis are tied for ninth place with three goals each. Clinton tied for first in the Sun Belt for game-winning goals with three.
The Panthers were also solid on defense this season, with junior Yannic Horn ranking fifth in the league for a .724 save percentage and third for total saves with 63. He also tied for second in the Sun Belt for shutouts, getting credit for four of the team’s five.
“We’re excited to host the Sun Belt Tournament for the first time and we want to thank all the GSU staffers who have put so much time into it,” said head coach Brett Surrency. “As a group, we are anxious to get back on the field on Thursday and see what we can do this postseason.”
For more information on the tournament, visit SunBeltSports.org.