ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Hoping to start their 2021 NCAA men’s soccer campaign on a good note, the Georgia State University Panthers Men’s Soccer team will host the dangerous University of North Florida (UNF) on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the new GSU Soccer Complex.
Coming off a 9-2-2 2020 season, the Panthers will be looking to win a sixth-straight home opener and third-straight regular-season opener as the Ospreys travel north on the first night of the regular season.
The Panthers went 1-0-2 in exhibition play including a 0-0 draw with No. 6 Clemson last Saturday night.
This year’s Panthers lineup is solid that includes nine seniors and 17 total upperclassmen.
Senior Matthew Fearnley, who tied for the team lead last year with five goals and earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, the first in program history, will be looking to build upon a sixth-straight conference tournament championship game appearance while joining a new league, the Mid-American Conference.
On defense, Sun Belt Player of the Year and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the George Proctor returns after leading one of the best backlines statistically in the country last year.
Proctor earned Senior CLASS Award First Team honors and was named to the MAC Hermann Watch List.
Along with a new league, the Panthers also moved into a new facility over the summer.
The Georgia State soccer teams took over what used to be the GSU Football Practice Complex, converting it into a state-of-the-art soccer complex just a block from the State Capitol.