What you need to know:
*Georgia State fell 2-0 to two-seed Little Rock in the SBC Tournament Semifinals
*It was GSU’s first loss since Sept. 23
*The Panthers end the season 8-10-2
FOLEY, Ala. – Georgia State women’s soccer fell to two-seed Little Rock 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference Semifinal round Friday night, concluding the Panthers’ 2018 season.
GSU ended the year with an 8-10-2 overall record while Little Rock improved to 13-4-3 and will face one-seed Texas State in the championship match on Sunday. Despite the loss, the Panthers had one of the best turnaround seasons in program history, finishing the final eight matches 6-1-1 after a 2-9-1 start. During the team's October winning streak, the Panthers strung together four straight conference victories -- a feat the program hadn't accomplished in 14 years.
The first half of the semifinal match presented a defensive battle between the two squads, both firing six total shots after 45 minutes of play but neither able to net the go-ahead goal. GSU goalkeeper Madi Card had a handful of great saves in the early going of Friday’s contest, tallying five or more saves in a match for the sixth time this year.
Little Rock broke the scoreless tie in the 54th minute with a strike from the right side of the box. The Trojans then added to their lead roughly 10 minutes later, getting a second goal from Second Team All-Sun Belt honoree Jaclyn Purvine.
The Panthers fought until the final whistle, getting shots from Monique Hundley and Lexie Knox – neither able to find the back of the net. Brooke Shank, Hundley and Knox led the Panthers with two shots apiece on Friday.
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2018 Women's Soccer Championship Schedule
Wednesday, October 31 (First Round)
Match 1 - #5 South Alabama 3, #4 Appalachian State 0
Match 2 - #1 Texas State 1, #8 Troy 0
Match 3 - #2 Little Rock 1, #7 Arkansas State 1 (LR Advances on PKs, 4-3)
Match 4 - #6 Georgia State 3, #3 Coastal Carolina 2 (OT)
Friday, November 2 (Semifinals)
Match 5 - #1 Texas State 1, #5 South Alabama 1 (TXST Advances on PKs, 4-2)
Match 6 - #2 Little Rock 2, #6 Georgia State 0
Sunday, November 4 (Championship Match)
Match 7 - 1 p.m. CT – #1 Texas State vs. #2 Little Rock
All matches will be broadcast live on ESPN+