DELAND, Fla. – For the first time in school history, Georgia State men’s soccer has opened the first eight matches of the season without a loss. The Panthers earned a 1-0 victory over Stetson Tuesday night at the Athletic Training Center, surpassing the previous record of seven straight matches without a loss to start the year set in 1967.
GSU improved to 5-0-3 overall with the win, earning its second road victory after three straight draws as the away side. The win also moved Georgia State head coach Brett Surrency to 94 career victories, six away from becoming just the second head coach in school history to reach 100 wins.
“Pleased to get the win tonight especially after a tough couple days of travel,” Surrency said. “The record is a great achievement for the players and I’m proud of their hard work and efforts. That being said, it’s about how we end and not how we start. We are fully focused on improving and ensuring we are playing our best come Sun Belt time.”
The Panthers opened Tuesday’s match with a flurry of shots within the first 15 minutes, getting good looks from Aris Briggs, Jack Hilton-Jones, Logan Luque and Frank Rosenwald. GSU eventually broke through for the lone score of the night in the 25th minute when Briggs sent a lead-pass to Rosenwald on a counter attack and the reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week booted in his fourth goal of the season.
Georgia State headed to the break with a 1-0 lead, outshooting the Hatters 6-1 after 45 minutes of play.
Stetson was much more aggressive in the second half, pressing nearly every touch from GSU. The Hatters continued to apply pressure and rattled off 10 shots in final 45 minutes compared to Georgia State’s three.
One of Stetson’s best chances of the night came in the 63rd minute when Brendan Clark curved in a shot off a set piece that cleared the last line of GSU defenders, but Paul Tyson was there to make the diving stop and keep the clean sheet in order.
Tyson finished with a season-high six saves on the night, all of which came in the second half. The Liverpool, England, native also earned his third shutout of the year, the most among all goal keepers in the Sun Belt.
The Panthers are back in action 7 p.m. Saturday for a showdown with in-state foe Mercer at the GSU Soccer Complex.