What you need to know:

*GSU gears up for a home match against Santa Clara Saturday night
*The Panthers aim to extend their winning streak to seven games
*Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the GSU Soccer Complex


ATLANTA – After earning six victories in a row for the first time in over 30 years, Georgia State men’s soccer looks to extend its win streak to seven with a home match against Santa Clara Saturday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.

GSU (6-2-0) can put together seven consecutive victories for the first time since the 1984 season, a year where the Panthers won a program-record 18 games and finished runner-up in the TAAC. Georgia State moved into the No. 9 spot in the latest United Soccer Coaches Southeast region poll and ranks 16th in the nation with a team goals against average of 0.623.

The Panthers return to the pitch after recording their second straight shutout in a 1-0 victory over Mercer on Saturday. Alex Summerfield, the reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the week, scored the lone goal for GSU in the 20th minute. He became the fourth different Panther to win the weekly award this season, the most among any other team in the conference.

Santa Clara (3-5-0) comes off a 3-2 overtime win over California on Saturday. The Broncos have currently played the 22nd toughest schedule in NCAA Division I, as four of their past opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the USC National Top-25 Poll. Santa Clara enters the weekend ranked third in shots per game (12.9) and fourth in goals per game (1.38) in the West Coast Conference.

Saturday will be the first ever meeting between Georgia State and Santa Clara. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the GSU Soccer Complex. Fans can follow the game via live stats at GeorgiaStateSports.com.

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