What you need to know:
*Georgia State defeated Coastal Carolina 4-3 Sunday afternoon
*GSU got goals from Aris Briggs, Max Hemmings and Tristan Jumeau
*The Panthers wrap up the regular season with a road match against UAB on Friday
ATLANTA – After netting four goals in the first half, Georgia State men’s soccer held off a second-half rally from defending Sun Belt Champion Coastal Carolina and earned a 4-3 victory on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The win boosted GSU to 9-5-2 on the year and a perfect 2-0-2 record in the Sun Belt – the first time since the 1989 season the Panthers have finished undefeated in conference play. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina moved to 8-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the league. Sunday’s win was also the first time since 1981 Georgia State has beaten the Chanticleers in men's soccer.
Georgia State currently sits atop the Sun Belt standings with eight total points, while Georgia Southern is in second with seven points and one conference match remaining.
“Pleased for the boys to get the win on Senior Day against a good Coastal team,” GSU head coach Brett Surrency said. “I thought we were excellent in the first half and we knew at 4-0 they’d throw everything at us. Thankfully we were able to hold on and get a very important conference win. We will enjoy this tonight and then turn our attention to UAB tomorrow and look to finish the regular season on a strong note.”
The Panthers were in attack mode from the get-go on Sunday, keeping early pressure on the Coastal back line in the first 15 minutes. GSU broke through for its first goal of the match in the 21st minute when George Proctor fired a great pass off a set piece that connected with senior Max Hemmings who buried the first goal of the afternoon.
Ten minutes later, Tristan Jumeau tapped a pass to Hemmings who netted his second goal of the day and gave GSU a 2-0 lead. Georgia State wasn’t done yet, as Jumeau scored a goal of his own in the 34th minute off an assist from Hemmings, then Aris Briggs headed in a goal off a set piece from Proctor in the 42nd minute and put the Panthers ahead 4-0.
Georgia State’s four goals were the most in a single half since the team netted four against Lipscomb during the 2016 season. Also setting a record was Hemmings, who’s five points are the most in a single conference match among all Sun Belt players this year.
Coastal Carolina refused to go away, as the Chanticleers notched two quick goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. CCU’s Yazeed Matthews brought his team one step closer to making the comeback when he scored his 11th goal of the season and cut the GSU lead to 4-3 with 15 minutes left to play.
Despite the three unanswered goals and a 17-2 second-half shot advantage from Coastal, the Panther back line held strong in the closing minutes and propelled Georgia State to a huge victory in the final home match of the regular season.
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