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ATLANTA, GEORGIA — In the Panthers’ home opener, freshman Matthew Taylor scores his first collegiate goal. On Sunday night at the GSU Soccer Facility, the Panthers faced in-state rival Mercer Bears, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

In the first half, the Panthers only had three shots on goal. The first effort came from Matthew Taylor, who came close to scoring in the 18th minute, but Trevor McMullin saved it. Both Tristan Jumeau and Tom Williams attempted shots but were stopped by Mercer.

Ramon Munoz was sent off in the 68th minute for collapsing on the other player while defending the ball. The Panthers were down 10-11 players due to the red card. In the second half, Gunther Rankenburg made two saves before the Bears scored in the 82nd minute. Chad Eldridge of Mercer scored his first goal in the 82nd minute, with Kim Kevin assisting.

The goal gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Panthers battled until the 88th minute when Carlos Luna found Matthew Taylor for the goal and assist. With 1:30 remaining, the goal knotted the score at 1-1. The match finished in a tie because neither team could put it away. The Panthers will return to action on Friday, September 2 at 6 p.m. at home. as they prepare to face Winthrop.