BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – For the first time since 2010, Georgia State men’s soccer has opened its first five matches of the season without a loss. The Panthers used goals from Alex Summerfield and a Frank Rosenwald to pick up a 2-2 draw against Gardner-Webb Tuesday night at Greene-Harbison Stadium and move to 3-0-2 overall.
It is the second time under GSU head coach Brett Surrency the Panthers have started 3-0-2, as Surrency also led the program to an undefeated five-game start in his first year with the program in 2010.
“To start undefeated is certainly notable but in the same breath I believe we have the potential to perform at a much higher level,” Surrency said. “I’m confident the boys will learn from our early season lessons and be better for it moving forward.”
Georgia State found the back of the net first as Ross Finnie’s free kick met Summerfield inside the box, who bicycle kicked the ball into the lower corner of the net for his first goal of the season. The Panthers went on to take the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Gardner-Webb quickly found the equalizer in the opening six minutes of the second half, as Pedro Benito buried a shot from the left wing.
The Panthers regained the lead in the 68th minute as Sora Wakabayashi dished to Rosenwald who finished from a few yards out for his second goal of the season. GWU responded just minutes later with a goal of its own to again tie the score.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs made a final push in the closing minutes of regulation, but Paul Tyson made two great stops to keep the score deadlocked at two and force overtime. Tyson ended the night with four total saves.
GSU’s best look in overtime came in the 97th minute when Matthew Fearnley fired a shot that hit off the crossbar. Fearnley led Georgia State with three total shots on Tuesday, while Rosenwald and Freddie Read each finished with two.
The Panthers return to the pitch 7 p.m. Saturday to take on Winthrop at the GSU Soccer Complex.