What you need to know:
* The Panthers fell to South Alabama in a tough 2-1 loss Sunday afternoon, splitting weekend league play.
* Sophomore Isabelle Grest scored the lone goal for GSU, her first career goal for GSU.
* The team returns to the field next Sunday to host Louisiana.
MOBILE, Ala.- The Georgia State women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to South Alabama Sunday afternoon, splitting Sun Belt play this weekend. Sophomore Isabelle Grest scored the lone goal for GSU, her first career goal.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 3-7-1 (1-3 SBC) and the Jaguars improved to 5-4-1 (3-0 SBC).
South Alabama got on the board early, scoring off a corner kick in under a minute. The Jaguars scored again at the 22-minute mark and GSU went into the half down 2-0.
Halfway into the second half, Grest scored off a corner kick to close the gap to 2-1. Ashley Thomas had the assist on the goal, her first of the season.
The Panthers had two other chances to even the score in the second half, but the South Alabama defense held GSU to one goal. Senior Brie Haynes had 10 saves over the Jaguars, a season-high for the veteran keeper.
Freshman Meagan Postell led the shot count, firing two of the team’s eight shots.
“First off, credit to South Alabama,” head coach Ed Joyce. “They came out of the gate flying and really put us under pressure. It’s really disappointing that we started the game off so slowly. A halftime we challenged the girls to come out and compete, and we are really proud of the girls who came into the match and put some emotion into the proceedings. Isabelle Grest had a tough task today being matched up with arguably the most dynamic player in the league, Kory Dixon. She worked really hard all weekend and it was great to see her pop up with a goal. With such a young group of players, it’s great to have a full week of training to prepare for our next match on Sunday.”
The Panthers will return to the field to host Louisiana on Oct. 1, where the 1997 team will be recognized at halftime. Live stats will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and a live stream will be available on PatherVision.
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