DAVIDSON, N.C. – Liz Anne Fogarty stepped up when it mattered most and drilled her penalty kick in the eighth minute of the first overtime period to hand Georgia State women’s soccer its first win of the season, as the Panthers knocked off Davidson 2-1 Thursday night at Alumni Stadium.
Not only was Thursday night’s victory GSU’s first of the year, but it was also the first over Davidson in the fourth meeting between the two teams.
Davidson found the back of the net first, scoring the first goal of the night in the 22nd minute after a long ball connected with Michele Manceaux and she broke free from the defense and delivered a shot inside the near post.
The Wildcats held a 5-4 edge in total shots while both teams fired two shots on goal after the first 45 minutes play.
Georgia State began to put pressure on the Davidson back line midway through the second half, and eventually broke through and secured the equalizer as a cross from Jolie Ryff connected with Arianah Black who knocked in her first career goal in the 72nd minute.
Davidson had a few good looks at goal in the closing minutes of regulation but GSU keeper Kendra Clarke and the Panther defense stood strong and forced the game into overtime.
GSU continued to keep up the pressure early and often in the first overtime period, eventually earning a penalty kick after a Davidson foul in the box. Fogarty lined up and delivered in the clutch, rocketing a shot past the outstretched arms of the Wildcat keeper for the win.
Georgia State returns to action 7 p.m. Saturday to host Alabama A&M at the GSU Soccer Complex.
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