NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Georgia State men’s soccer saw its record setting nine-game unbeaten streak come to an end Tuesday night as the Panthers fell to Lipscomb 3-1 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex for their first loss of the year.
The loss dropped GSU to 6-1-3 overall, capping the program record of most games to start a season without a loss at nine. Georgia State surpassed the previous record of seven set in 1967 on Oct. 1 against Stetson.
The Panthers struggled to create many scoring opportunities in the opening 45 minutes of Tuesday’s contest, facing a 6-1 deficit in total shots despite heading to the break with the score deadlocked at zero.
A more aggressive GSU side kicked off the second half with a flurry of shots, eventually breaking through for the first score of the night in the 63rd minute when a cross from Luke Jordan connected with Matthew Fearnley who knocked in his third goal of the season.
The Georgia State lead was quickly erased as the Panthers gave up an own goal just three minutes later, then the Bisons took the lead in the 68th minute off a strike from freshman midfielder Ruben Pedersen.
Lipscomb got the insurance it was looking for in the 84th minute as Malik Shaheed rocketed a shot that curved inside the upper right-hand corner of the goal for the score.
Tuesday was the first match all year the Panthers conceded more than two goals in a single contest and just the second time this season they were held to one goal. GSU keeper Paul Tyson ended the night with a season-high seven saves in the loss.
Georgia State returns to action 7 p.m. Saturday to host rival Georgia Southern in its conference opener.
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