What you need to know:
*GSU looks to extend its winning streak on Saturday at Mercer
*The Panthers aim to win six in a row for the first time since 1987
*Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Betts Stadium
ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer aims to extend its winning streak from five games to six Saturday night at in-state foe Mercer, a feat the program can accomplish for the first time since the 1987 season.
GSU (5-2-0) has outscored its opponents 12-3 during its win streak, including a 4-0 shutout of Presbyterian in the team’s most recent outing. The Panthers enter the weekend ranked first in the Sun Belt in points (32), goals (12) and goals against average (0.71). Sophomore defender George Proctor was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week after scoring the game-winner against Belmont and helping GSU pitch its second shutout of the year against Presbyterian.
The last time Georgia State men’s soccer strung together six straight wins was in 1987, a season where the Panthers finished 11-6-2 and won the TAAC (now the Atlantic Sun). GSU’s five-game winning streak is currently the tied for the fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
Mercer (4-1-2) comes off a 1-1 draw against Evansville on Sunday. The Bears are averaging 1.14 more goals and 4.4 more shots per game than their opponents heading into Saturday’s match. Senior defender Ramario Thompson leads the team with three goals scored while junior midfielder Roberto Arteaga leads Mercer with nine total points (5 assists, two goals).
Saturday will be the 59th meeting between the two programs, with the Panthers owning a 36-18-4 advantage in the all-time series. In the most recent match between Georgia State and Mercer, GSU earned a 2-0 victory in the 2017 season opener.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Betts Stadium in Macon, Ga. Fans can follow the game via live stats on MercerBears.com.
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