ATLANTA- The Georgia State men's soccer team fell 3-1 to Coastal Carolina Saturday night in the regular season finale.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 11-6-1 (3-1-1 SBC) and the Chanticleers improved to 10-6-4 (4-1 SBC).
Both offenses were stagnated in the rain to start the match, but Coastal Carolina was able to go up 1-0 at the 32-minute mark. Senior Jad Elkhalil was able to quickly tie the match, scoring his first of the season off an assist from Rashid Alarape.
Coastal Carolina went up again with five minutes remaining in the first, scoring off a rebound of a save from Yannic Horn.
Coming out of a two hour rain delay, the Chanticleers drew a foul in the box and earned a pentalty kick to put the game away in the the 51st minute. The Panthers were able to put up 16 shots with six on target, but the Coastal Carolina defense kept GSU out of the net.
"It was an interesting evening with the way the weather and field conditions were," head coach Brett Surrency said. "I thought we played great soccer in the first half and created plenty of chances to win the game, but unfortunately it didn't go our way. We'll lick our wounds and get some rest over the next few days and be prepared to play whoever advacnes to the quarterfinals on Friday."
The Panthers finished second in the conference and will play as the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, earning a bye and playing the winner of the No. 3/No. 6 match Friday. in Conway, S.C.
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