What you need to know:
*GSU won its sixth straight match after shutting out Mercer 1-0 Saturday night
*Alex Summerfield scored the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute
*Georgia State returns to action 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Santa Clara
MACON, Ga. – Georgia State men’s soccer shutout in-state foe Mercer 1-0 Saturday night at Betts Stadium and extended its win streak to six games, the first time the Panthers have won six straight in over 30 years.
The win boosted GSU to 6-2-0 overall while Mercer fell to 4-2-2 on the season. The last time the Panthers won six in a row was the 1987 season, a year where the team finished 11-6-2 and won the TAAC (now the Atlantic Sun). Georgia State’s six-game winning streak is the fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I, behind only Air Force, Indiana, Saint Mary’s and Wake Forest.
"This was a really hard fought win and a standard Georgia State-Mercer game with respect to intensity," head coach Brett Surrency said. "The win streak is a testament to the guys and their work through the season."
Alex Summerfield netted the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute, chipping a shot over the outstretched arms of the Mercer keeper to give GSU a 1-0 advantage. Frank Rosenwald looked to add to the Panthers’ lead 15 minutes later, but his shot was saved by the Mercer keeper. The Bears held a 9-7 advantage in shots at the break but GSU led in shots on target 3-2.
Both teams continued to battle in the second half, as Mercer got a few good looks at goal but GSU keeper Paul Tyson was able to keep the clean sheet. Max Hemmings and Liam Fitzsimmons fired two shots late in the match, each of which were saved to keep the Panther lead at 1-0. Georgia State and Mercer both finished the night with 16 total shots, while GSU doubled its opponent’s shots on goal 8-4.
Hemmings led the team with three shots on target, while five other Panthers each provided one. Tyson ended the match with four saves and his second consecutive shutout.
Georgia State returns to the pitch 7 p.m. Saturday for a home match against Santa Clara. Fans can follow the game via live stats on GeorgeStateSports.com.
Follow along with Georgia State on Twitter (@GSUMensSoccer) for the latest news and updates.