ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer returns to action after a week-long break to take on Gardner-Webb Tuesday night in Boiling Springs, N.C. GSU will look to open its first five contests of the year without a loss for the first time since 2010.
◊ The Runnin’ Bulldogs enter Tuesday’s matchup on a two-game win streak, defeating Wofford 1-0 on Sept. 8 and VMI 2-1 on Saturday.
◊ Junior forward Oskar Wang leads the Bulldogs with eight total points, including three goals and two assists. Jorge Salgado joins Wang as the co-leader in goals scored with three.
◊ GSU leads the all-time series against Gardner-Webb 7-1, winning the most recent outing between the two programs 2-1 in 2018. The Panthers have won four straight against Gardner-Webb.
LAST TIME OUT
◊ GSU picked up a 2-0 victory over North Florida last Monday night at the GSU Soccer Complex to remain unbeaten after four contests.
◊ George Proctor notched his first goal of the season as he knocked in a penalty kick to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute. Aris Briggs later added to the GSU lead, continuing his streak of recording at least one goal in every match for Georgia State this year.
◊ GSU goalkeeper Paul Tyson earned his first shutout of the season in Monday’s win over North Florida, moving his career total to 10.
◊ Georgia State’s 3-0-1 mark is the best four-game start under 10th-year head coach Brett Surrency. It is the third time in the last four years Surrency has led the blue and white to three victories in the team’s opening four contests.
◊ The Panthers come in at the No. 9 spot in the latest United Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Region rankings.
◊ Aris Briggs leads all players in the Sun Belt in total shots (18), points (12) and goals (6). The Memphis, Tenn., native has netted a goal in every contest this year and has already tied his 2018 season total for goals scored.
◊ Georgia State ended with 34 total shots and 20 shots on goal in its 2-2 draw with UNC Asheville on Sept. 7, both the most in GSU’s record book dating back to 2010. It was the first time since 2017 that the Panthers fired 30 or more shots in a single contest, as GSU launched 31 against Winthrop on Sept. 16, 2017.