ATLANTA – In its first home match of the 2019 regular season, Georgia State women’s soccer dropped a 4-1 decision to cross-town foe Kennesaw State Sunday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.

The loss moved GSU to 0-2 while the Owls improved to 1-1 on the year. Despite the setback, the Panthers finished Sunday’s match with 15 total shots compared to KSU’s 13 and ended the day with 51 percent of possession.

Kennesaw State knocked in the first goal of the evening in the 22nd minute as Isabella Contreras dished a pass to Kendall Baker who finished inside the 18-yard box. The Owls continued to push the attack in the first half and scratched off two more goals, one from Becky Contreras and another from Baker, before the first-half whistle.

Georgia State battled back, gaining some momentum after Hannah Davis dribbled past an Owl defender and into the box, tapping a pass to Lexie Knox who booted in the Panthers’ first goal of 2019 and cut the deficit to 3-1 heading to halftime.

KSU kept up the pressure in the second half, as Erin Harris delivered the Owls their fourth score of the night in the 58th minute. GSU continued to battle, getting some good looks at goal late in the half but was unable to cut into the Kennesaw State lead any further.

Lily Barron led the Panthers with four total shots, tying her career high for most shots in a single game. Arianah Black, Jocelyn Jones and Jolie Ryff each finished Sunday with two shots apiece.

Georgia State is back in action 7 p.m. Thursday for a road contest against Davidson.

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