What you need to know:
*Georgia State picked up its first win of the year in Friday night’s 3-2 victory over Mercer
*Caitlin Ray scored the game-winning goal for the Panthers in the 108th minute
*GSU returns to the pitch 1 p.m. Sunday at home vs. Jacksonville State
ATLANTA – Caitlin Ray knocked in the game-winner in the 108th minute to give Georgia State its first victory of the season, 3-2 over Mercer Friday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The Panthers improved to 1-2 on the year while Mercer dropped to 2-1.
Brooke Shank got things rolling for GSU when she scored the first goal of the match off a penalty kick in the eighth minute. The Panthers continued to stay aggressive on offense and Shank later put her team ahead 2-0 early in the second half off an assist from Ray.
Mercer continued to battle, firing six shots in the second half and scoring on two of them. The Bears would tie the game at two with just under three minutes to play. Georgia State keeper Madi Card made two great saves in the closing minutes to keep the score even and force overtime.
In the first overtime period, both teams attempted three shots – including one from Hannah Davis in the final seconds that was saved by the Mercer goalie. GSU later broke the tie when Monique Hundley fired a great pass to Ray who knocked in the game-winner.
Georgia State held a Mercer offense that entered Friday’s contest ranked second in the nation in goals per game (6.0) and shots per game (31.5) to just two goals and 16 total shots. Meanwhile, the Panthers finished with 17 total shots and eight on goal. Shank led the team with four total shots.
GSU returns to the pitch at 1 p.m. Sunday for a home match against Jacksonville State. Live stats will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com
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