ATLANTA – Kyle Clinton and Max Hemmings of Georgia State men’s soccer were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Second-Team on Wednesday after leading the Panthers to their first ever Sun Belt Conference Championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
Together, the duo led the Panthers on both sides of the pitch, with Clinton anchoring a GSU back line that produced five shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average to rank second in the Sun Belt and Hemmings heading a Georgia State attack that finished tied for first in the league with 30 goals scored.
Clinton, a junior from Havant, England, was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and has been named to the All-Sun Belt First Team all three years at GSU. He finished with one goal and one assist in 2018, dishing a pivotal assist on the game-tying goal against rival Georgia Southern on Oct. 20 – an assist that helped GSU finish undefeated in conference play for the first time since 1989. The Mac Hermann Watch List candidate started in all 20 matches for the Panthers and led the team with over 1,800 minutes played.
Hemmings, a senior from Wokingham, England, captured All-Sun Belt First Team and Sun Belt All-Tournament Team honors this season. He finished tied for first on the team and fourth in the conference with 13 total points, scoring four goals and adding five assists. Hemmings scored two goals and added an assist against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 28, giving him the most points in a single conference match by any player in the league this year and giving GSU its first win over the Chanticleers since 1981.
On its way to winning the Sun Belt Conference double, the Panthers put together a six-game winning streak in the first half of the season – a feat that had not been accomplished by the program in over 30 years. GSU also led the league in All-Conference honors for the third year in a row, with nine awards going to the Panthers. Georgia State concluded its historic 2018 season in mid-November, falling to No. 14 Charlotte on penalty kicks in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
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