CLINTON, S.C. – Preseason All-Sun Belt men’s soccer selection and junior forward Aris Briggs netted both of Georgia State’s goals as the Panthers earned a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian in the season opener Thursday night at Martin Stadium.

Thursday’s victory moved GSU to 9-1 overall against Presbyterian and gave the Panthers their eighth consecutive win over the Blue Hose. It was also the fifth time under head coach Brett Surrency Georgia State has opened the season with a win.

GSU got the scoring started in the 13th minute, as George Proctor hit Briggs in stride and the Memphis, Tenn., native took one touch and booted in the Panthers’ first goal of 2019. Georgia State continued to push the attack and ended the first half with a 7-2 advantage in total shots and a 2-0 advantage in shots on goal.

Briggs notched his second goal of the night in the 70th minute after fighting off a Blue Hose defender and burying a shot into the right-hand corner of the goal. Thursday was Briggs’ first multi-goal performance of his career, while also firing a career-high four shots.

Presbyterian continued to battle until the final whistle, scratching across a late goal in the final seconds of the match to make the final score 2-1. Each team finished the night with 10 total shots, with GSU taking the nod in shots on target 3-2. Matthew Fearnley and Logan Luque each ended with two shots apiece for Georgia State.

The Panthers are back in action 7 p.m. Monday to face Belmont in the home opener at the GSU Soccer Complex.

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