ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s soccer team picked up its first conference win of the season after defeating the defending Sun Belt Champion Little Rock Trojans 1-0 Friday night at the GSU Soccer Complex. The only goal of the game came in the 83rd minute from true freshman Jimena Cabrero, who knocked in her third game-winning goal of the season.
The win boosted the Panthers to record of 4-4-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference while and the Trojans fell to 3-5-2 and 0-1 in the Sun Belt. Friday’s victory also snapped GSU’s two-match losing streak and three-game drought without a goal.
“Tonight, for us, was just about putting out a championship-level performance, something you can put your name on and say ‘that’s what defines us,’ and I think that’s what we did today” GSU head coach Ed Joyce said. “It’s less about the opponent and more about us putting on a performance we can be proud of.”
It was a slow start to the opening 45 minutes of the match with just four shots taken the entire duration of the first half – with all four belonging to the Panthers. Neither team had a shot on goal nor corner kick going into the second half.
The second half of the match started positively for GSU as the Panthers won two corners in quick succession; one of which nearly resulted in a goal via the head of Brooke Shank to which the Little Rock goalkeeper, Julia Curatolo, responded with a great reaction save. Georgia State continued to put on the press with shots from range from Shank, Rebecca Crouch and Jolie Ryff.
The only goal of the night came with under seven minutes remaining, after some committed dribbling by Cabrero to break into the penalty box and get a shot off with her right foot to send it into the bottom left corner. GSU finished the match with 15 shots and four on goal, while holding Little Rock to only five shots, none of which were on target.
Between the posts, Georgia State keeper Kendra Clarke improved to 4-2-1 and recorded her third shutout of the season.
GSU returns to action next Friday to take on Troy at 8 p.m. ET in Troy, Ala.