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Peach State Soccer Recap: Georgia’s Division 1 teams step into fall

Georgia and Kennesaw State on cold streaks; other teams wind down non-league play

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Georgia State

The Panther men (5-4-0) split a pair of road games last week against UNC Asheville and South Carolina. Frank Rosenwald’s third goal of the season was the difference in GSU’s 3-2 overtime win over the Bulldogs. This one wasn’t lacking in shots at all as the two squads combined for 55 of them - with Asheville recording nine on net to GSU’s three. Georgia State would follow that up with a 3-1 loss to the Gamecocks in Columbia. South Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals in the 22nd, 50th and 65th, with the lone Panthers goal coming off the foot of Amiri Abraham with just eight seconds to go.

The Panther women (4-3-4, 1-1-2 Sun Belt) came up with points in both of their Sun Belt battles this weekend. Alexis Thomas’ two goals were enough to lift GSU to a 2-0 Friday night victory over Coastal Carolina. Brie Haynes only needed to make two saves as she kept her sixth clean sheet of the season. Haynes would get her seventh shutout just two days later as the Panthers played to a scoreless draw in Boone against Appalachian State. The Panthers only recorded six shots as they failed to get much going, but Haynes’ six save effort kept the Mountaineers off the board despite 19 shots.

Kennesaw State

After a 3-0-1 start, the Owls (5-5-1, 0-1-0 A-Sun) have dropped five of their last seven. The latest defeat: a 3-2 Saturday loss to Lipscomb to fall to 0-1 in the Atlantic Sun standings. KSU held a 2-1 lead at the break thanks to Cassidy Kemp’s 4th and Kim Fincher’s 5th, but the Bisons struck for a pair in the 2nd half to grab the comeback win. Lipscomb keeper Anna Buhigas notched seven saves to neutralize the Owls’ attack.

Georgia

The Dawgs (3-7-1, 0-4-0 SEC) are mired in a three-game losing streak after a 2-0 loss to Tennessee on Thursday and a 4-2 defeat against Auburn on Sunday. Thursday’s match was scoreless through 45 minutes until Rylie O’Keefe found the net in the 48th minute and late in the 72nd to boost the Vols to their sixth win of the season.

Mercer

The Mercer men (5-3) suffered a heartbreaking loss to Presbyterian on Wednesday. After a scoreless 90 minutes, Mason Lewis scored his 3rd of the year just two and a half minutes into the extra session to deliver the win for the Blue Hose. The Bears certainly had their chances, but were stymied by a five-save effort by Conner Behrend.

The women (3-6-1) opened up SoCon play this weekend, splitting decisions against Western Carolina on Friday and ETSU on Sunday. On Friday, a 31st minute goal by the Catamounts’ Anna Marie Mellis, her first of 2016, was the lone score as the Bears dropped their SoCon opener. They’d work out their frustrations against ETSU in a 3-2 victory, thanks to a hat trick by Maddie Clark to give her a team-high seven on the year. The Lady Buccaneers nearly doubled the Bears’ shot total, but, as always, it’s goals that count.

Georgia Southern

The Eagle men (4-4-1) had a single match this past weekend, a 2-0 win over North Florida. Nick Wells (12’) and Christian Duncan (84’) had the homesteading Eagles’ two goals. GSU’s Torgeir Fjaer had a brilliant evening in net, making eight saves to hold UNF off of the scoreboard and pick up the team’s first shutout of the year.

GSU’s women (4-6-0, 1-3-0 Sun Belt) were able to earn their first conference victory this past weekend, but not before a 2-0 loss to UL Lafayette. Whitney Taggart (42’) and Yazmin Montoya (66’) were the scorers for the Ragin’ Cajuns, while Cosette Morche stopped six shots to gain the shutout. Texas State was up next, and the Eagles recorded a shutout of their own in a 1-0 victory. Jennifer Wittick’s penalty kick in the 51st minute was the lone goal in support of her team’s first clean sheet of 2016.


Coming Up This Week

Georgia State
MSoc - 9/27 at Duke; 10/2 vs. Pacific
WSoc - 9/30 vs. Troy

Kennesaw State
9/30 - at North Florida; 10/2 at Jacksonville

Georgia
9/30 - at Arkansas

Mercer
MSoc - 9/27 vs. Wofford; 10/1 at ETSU
WSoc - 9/30 at Samford; 10/2 at Chattanooga

Georgia Southern
MSoc - 9/27 vs. Campbell
WSoc - 9/30 vs. Coastal Carolina; 10/2 vs. Troy