What you need to know:
*GSU tied Texas State 1-1 Friday night
*The Panthers earned a spot in the Sun Belt Tournament for the first time since 2015
*GSU is back in action 1 p.m. Sunday at Louisiana
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Georgia State women’s soccer went toe-to-toe with first place Texas State Friday night at the Bobcat Soccer Complex, ending with a 1-1 draw after leading for nearly over 75 minutes of the match. Despite the draw, the Panthers increased their point total in the league standings to 13, guaranteeing the team a spot in the Sun Belt tournament for the first time since 2015.
The draw moved GSU to 6-9-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the Sun Belt, while Texas State went to 9-5-2 on the season and 7-0-2 in league play. While both teams entered Friday’s contest on a four-game win streak and saw their streaks come to an end, each earned a valuable point in the conference standings with postseason play around the corner.
For the second straight contest, the Panthers got on the board in the match’s opening 10 minutes. Lily Barron dished a pass to Brisa Zavala in the top right corner of the 18-yard box, who booted a shot that deflected off a Bobcat defender for an own goal that gave GSU a 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute.
Texas State looked to be out of answers as the match wore on, until the Bobcats were fouled in the box and earned a penalty kick in the 82nd minute. Texas State’s Kaylee Davis, who entered Friday tied for third in NCAA Division I with 14 goals scored, netted the equalizer that forced overtime.
A corner kick from Monique Hundley in the 109th minute led to a scramble in the box and a shot from Caitlin Ray, but the potential game-winning goal was blocked and cleared out by the Texas State defense. Neither team was able to scratch across the game-winner in either 10-miunte overtime period, handing both squads their second draw of the season.
GSU finished with a 15-13 advantage in total shots and an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Madi Card ended the night with eight saves, the third time this season she has recorded seven or more saves in a single match.
Georgia State is back in action for its final match of the regular season 1 p.m. Sunday at Louisiana. Fans can watch the match live on the Ragin’ Cajuns Digital Network or follow along via live stats.
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