ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer will look to remain unbeaten as the Panthers embark on a two-match road stretch, traveling to take on ETSU Saturday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium, then to DeLand, Fla., to square off against Stetson on Tuesday.
With a win or draw on Saturday, Georgia State will tie the program record of seven contests without a loss to open a season since the inaugural season in 1967.
◊ The Bucs bring a two-game winning streak into the weekend as the team is coming off back-to-back shutouts over Presbyterian (3-0) and High Point (2-0).
◊ Freshman forward Hauk Andreas Fossen leads ETSU with four goals and eight total points. Fossen and teammate Josh Perryman swept the SoCon Player of the Week honors after outscoring opponents 5-0 in the past week.
◊ ETSU is ranked 25th in the country in corner kicks per game with a 6.17 average.
◊ Saturday will be the first all-time meeting between Georgia State and East Tennessee State in men’s soccer.
◊ Stetson looks to get back in the win column after dropping a 2-0 decision at No. 16 FIU earlier this week. The Hatters travel to take on Jacksonville on Saturday before hosting Georgia State on Tuesday.
◊ Redshirt senior defender Ian McCauley was named Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week last week, after he assisted two goals in the team’s victory over Georgia Southern and helped the Hatters hold NJIT – the ASUN’s top scoring team – without a goal for the first time all season.
◊ Chris DeGance and William Suaut lead Stetson with two goals apiece after nine matches.
◊ Tuesday will be the 33rd all-time meeting between GSU and Stetson. The Panthers lead the series 22-8-2. Stetson won the most recent outing 3-0 in 2018 at the GSU Soccer Complex.
LAST TIME OUT
◊ Georgia State continued to etch its name the GSU history books as the Panthers used a 4-0 shutout over Winthrop Saturday night at the GSU Soccer Complex to remain undefeated through its first six matches of the season for the first time since 2003.
◊ Aris Briggs netted two goals in the win, his third multi-goal performance of the season.
◊ GSU goalkeeper Paul Tyson finished with three saves against the Eagles and recorded his second shutout of the year.
◊ Georgia State’s 4-0-2 mark is the best six-game start under 10th-year head coach Brett Surrency. The Panthers are two wins/draws away from the best start to a season in school history.
◊ Aris Briggs has tallied eight goals through six matches, leading all Division I men’s soccer players with a 1.33 goals per game average. Briggs’ eight goals are also tied for the second-most in the country in Division I.
◊ Junior midfielder Dylan Morris has tallied three assists this season, tied for the most among all players in the Sun Belt.
◊ The Panthers are ranked No. 8 the latest United Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Region rankings.