ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s soccer team kicks off the first weekend of the 2019 regular season with a tough road contest at No. 17 Vanderbilt on Thursday night before returning to Atlanta for the home opener against Kennesaw State Sunday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
SCOUTING #17 VANDERBILT (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
- Vanderbilt finished 2018 with an 16-4-1 overall record, claiming the program’s first SEC Regular Season Title since 1994. The Commodores made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Baylor 3-1.
- Vandy had five players named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference coaches’ preseason watch list, including MAC Hermann Watchlist member and reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Haley Hopkins. Hopkins led the Commodores with 35 points and 14 goals in 2018.
- VU starts the season ranked No. 17 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, its highest preseason ranking in program history.
- Georgia State is 0-2 all-time against Vanderbilt, with the Commodores taking the most recent meeting 3-0 in 2018 at the GSU Soccer Complex.
SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE (0-0, 0-0 ASUN)
- KSU enters the 2019 season after recording its best record in its last 10 seasons at 12-6-1, coming up just shy of winning its first share of the Atlantic Sun regular season title since 2009.
- The Owls return 10 of 11 starters from last year’s squad and bring back nearly 100 percent of their scoring offense, accounting for 26 of their 27 goals from 2018. Erin Harris returns as the leading scorer after producing six goal and six assists for 18 points in 2018.
- Kennesaw State was picked to finish third in the ASUN preseason coaches’ poll behind Lipscomb and Florida Gulf Coast.
- Sunday will be the 10th meeting between Georgia State and KSU, with the Owls leading the all-time series 5-2-2. Kennesaw State won the most recent outing 1-0 in 2018 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS
- Georgia State finished last season with an 8-10-2 overall record after falling to eventual champion Little Rock in the Semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament. 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.
- GSU returns 19 players from last year’s squad, including seven returning starters and 14 newcomers.
- Senior midfielder Brooke Shank was selected to the 2019 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team as she enters the fall as the second-leading scorer among all returners in the league.
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