What You Need to Know:

* Georgia State advanced to the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships with a 2-0 victory over Georgia Southern in Friday's semifinal match.
* Freshman Kwaku Adu scored his second game-winning goal of the tournament, and Rashid Alarape provided the insurance goal.
* The Panthers will face top seeded Coastal Carolina in Sunday's Sun Belt Championship match at 1 p.m. at the GSU Soccer Complex (ESPN3).


 

ATLANTA -- Freshman Kwaku Adu and junior Rashid Alarape scored second-half goals to give third-seeded Georgia State a 2-0 victory over No. 2 seed Georgia Southern in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship Friday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.

Playing in the Sun Belt title match for the second straight year, the Panthers (14-7) will meet top-seeded Coastal Carolina, a 2-0 winner over Hartwick, Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

After a scoreless first half, Adu put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a goal in the 51st minute off a feed from Hannes Burmeister. The freshman also scored Georgia State's game-winning goal in Thursday's first-round victory over Howard, and he now has three goals on the season.

"It was nice to break through with Kwaku," Georgia State head coach Brett Surrency said. "I think he's had an unbelievable tournament. He came in and really changed the game for us. He was really dangerous down the left side."

Alarape added the insurance goal in the 75th minute as he got behind the defense on a breakaway and got the ball past Georgia Southern goalkeeper Torgeir Fjaer.

Georgia State goalie Yannic Horn made two saves on the night.

With the victory, Georgia State also earned a bonus point in the GSU-GS Rivalry Series. The Panthers now lead 3-1.5.

"If you have to play two games in two days, to be able to play at home and play against Georgia Southern, which beat us earlier in the year, a lot of things really came together for us," Surrency said. "Hats off to our players. They absolutely came out and worked their tails off tonight, and they deserved this win."

Admission for Sunday's Sun Belt Championship match at the GSU Soccer Complex is $10 per car. Students from all Sun Belt schools are admitted free with their school ID.