ATLANTA – After claiming the program’s first ever Sun Belt Conference championship in 2018, Georgia State men’s soccer returns to the pitch this fall primed for another successful season. The league announced that five different Panthers were selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team Tuesday afternoon, the most among any team in the Sun Belt.

Kyle Clinton highlighted the bunch, as the senior was tabbed as the Preseason Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Also named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Team were Aris Briggs, Logan Luque, George Proctor and Paul Tyson.

Clinton enters his senior year after a successful season in 2018, where he was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, garnered All-Sun Belt First Team Honors, MAC Hermann Watch List honors and was named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-South Region Second Team. The Havant, England, native led GSU with over 1,800 minutes played and anchored a GSU back line that conceded only 25 goals in 20 matches and pitched five shutouts, the second-most in the league.

Joining Clinton as a Preseason All-Conference defender, Proctor earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors after making an impact on both ends of the field for the Panthers in 2018. He not only aided a GSU back line that pitched five shutouts, but also finished with one goal and three assists for five total points. Proctor recorded two assists against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 28, tied for the most assists in a single match among all players in the conference in 2018.

Tyson proved to be one of the premier goalkeepers in the league in 2018 after earning two Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors and All-Sun Belt First Team honors. He finished with a 10-6-3 record in goal and an unbeaten 2-0-2 record in conference play. The Liverpool, England, native ranked second in the Sun Belt in goals against average (1.18), total saves (63) and shutouts (5) in 2018.

At forward, Briggs was named to the 2018 All-Sun Belt First Team after finishing the year with six goals and one assist for a team-high 13 points. His six goals were the third most among all players in the conference while his three game-winning goals were tied for the second most in the league. The Memphis, Tenn., native also ranked tied for fourth in points among all players in the Sun Belt.

Luque landed a spot on the Preseason All-Conference team after collecting Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors last season. The rising sophomore played in 19 games and started in 12 to accumulate over 900 minutes on the pitch and finished his rookie campaign with one goal.

As a team, GSU was picked to finish second in the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, behind preseason favorite Coastal Carolina. Georgia State and Coastal Carolina each received two first-place votes, but the Chanticleers got the nod after receiving 28 total points compared to the Panthers’ 27.

GSU begins the preseason with its first of three exhibitions on Aug. 17 at Clayton State. The Panthers return home for a match against Montevallo on Aug. 20, then round out the preseason with a road contest against Jacksonville. Georgia State kicks off the regular season on Aug. 29 against Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C.

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Preseason Coaches' Poll

First-place votes in parentheses

1. Coastal Carolina (2) - 28

2. Georgia State (2) - 27

2. Georgia Southern (1) - 27

4. Central Arkansas (1) - 22

5. Appalachian State - 15

6. Howard - 7

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

Niklas Brodacki, Central Arkansas (Sr., F, Norrkoping, Sweden)

Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa) 1

Adam Davie, Georgia Southern (So., F, Nottingham, England)

Aris Briggs, Georgia State (Jr., F, Memphis, Tenn.) 1

Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, De Ar, South Africa) 1

Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (Jr., MF, Cairo, Ga.)

Logan Luque, Georgia State (So., MF, Bonaire, Ga.)*

Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (Jr., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda) 1

Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1

George Proctor, Georgia State (Jr., D, Leeds, England)2

Paul Tyson, Georgia State (RJr., GK, Liverpool, England) 1

Carlos Caro, Howard (Sr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.) 2

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)1

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1

12018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2018 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
**2018 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year