What you need to know:
*GSU defeated Coastal Carolina 2-1 Friday night in the SBC Tournament Semifinals
*The Panthers got goals from Max Hemmings and Frank Rosenwald
*Georgia State will face the winner of Georgia Southern-Appalachian State in the Championship Match Sunday
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia State men’s soccer knocked off two-time defending Sun Belt champion Coastal Carolina 2-1 Friday night in the SBC Tournament Semifinal round at Floyd E. Morris Field, earning a trip to the tournament finals for the fourth consecutive year.
The victory improved GSU to 10-6-2 overall, the third straight season Sun Belt Coach of the Year Brett Surrency has led the Panthers to double-digit wins. Coastal Carolina ended its season with a 10-6-0 mark.
Georgia State put itself ahead 1-0 just 13 minutes into Friday’s match, as a cross from George Proctor met Max Hemmings in the box, who headed in his fourth goal of the season. Coastal Carolina battled back, netting the equalizer off a penalty kick in the 38th minute to send the teams to the break knotted at one.
After finishing the first 45 minutes with only two shot attempts, GSU found a rhythm and controlled possession in the early going of the second half. The Panthers more than tripled their shot-count from the first, eventually notching the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. A shot from Tristan Jumeau was blocked by the keeper, then corralled and booted into the back of the net by Frank Rosenwald to give GSU a 2-1 advantage.
Coastal Carolina made a late push in the final 10 minutes but was unable to scratch across a second equalizer. Georgia State’s Paul Tyson ended the night with four total saves, facing 14 total shots from the Chanticleers.
After entering the season without a win against Coastal Carolina since 1981, the Panthers finished 2018 with a two-game sweep over the Chanticleers.
GSU plays next 1 p.m. Sunday in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship match against the winner of the Georgia Southern-Appalachian State semifinal. The 2018 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship is set for live coverage on ESPN+. Follow the championship action via Twitter (@SunBelt) or live stats available on SunBeltSports.org.
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2018 Men's Soccer Championship Schedule
Thursday, November 8 (Quarterfinals)
Match 1 - #4 Coastal Carolina 2, #5 Howard 1
Friday, November 9 (Semifinals)
Match 2 – 4 p.m. – #1 Georgia State 2, #4 Coastal Carolina 1
Match 3 – 7 p.m. – #2 Georgia Southern vs. #3 Appalachian State
Sunday, November 11 (Championship Match)
Match 4 - 1 p.m. – #1 Georgia State vs. Winner of Match 3