ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Georgia State men’s soccer battled back from an 0-2 deficit in the first half of Saturday’s contest at UNC Asheville, knocking in two goals in the second half to force overtime and finish the night with a 2-2 draw.
The tie moved the Panthers to 2-0-1 on the year, snapping the team’s six-match win streak against UNC Asheville. It is the second time under head coach Brett Surrency Georgia State has started its first three matches without a loss.
UNC Asheville got the night started with a goal just 39 seconds into Saturday’s contest, then extended its lead in the 18th minute as junior forward Dino Dziergas sunk a shot to put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0.
GSU stayed aggressive despite its slow start, finishing the opening 45 minutes with a 12-3 advantage in total shots. One of the Panthers’ best chances in the first half came in the 32nd minute when senior forward Frank Rosenwald lined up a penalty kick but was unable to slice into the UNCA lead as the Bulldogs keeper made a great stop to give UNC Asheville a 2-0 lead heading to the break.
Rosenwald was able to redeem himself early in the second period, as he found the back of the net in the 55th minute for his first goal of the season. GSU continued to push its attack, firing off 19 shots in the second half and eventually found the equalizer in the 84th minute.
Aris Briggs notched the game-tying goal for the Panthers, his fifth of the year. The Memphis, Tenn., native has recorded at least one goal in every match for Georgia State this season and is just one goal away from tying his 2018 total.
Neither side was able to scratch across the game-winner in overtime. Rosenwald and Matthew Fearnley each had looks at goal in the second overtime period but were unable to punch one through, giving each team its first draw of the year.
Fearnley (9,4) and Briggs (8,4) both notched career highs in both shots and shots on goal. Rosenwald ended the night with a career high six shots on goal.
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