MORRIS’ GAME-WINNER LIFTS GEORGIA STATE PAST MERCER IN OVERTIME THRILLER
ATLANTA – Dylan Morris’ goal in the seventh minute of overtime kept Georgia State men’s soccer undefeated through its first nine matches as the Panthers knocked off in-state rival Mercer 2-1 Saturday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The victory extended Georgia State’s win-streak over the Bears to three games and moved the Panthers to 6-0-3 overall, continuing the team’s school record of most consecutive matches without a loss to begin a season.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net in the first half, as the opening 45 minutes of Saturday’s contest presented a defensive battle with each team fighting to create any type of scoring chance it could get. GSU and Mercer headed to the break with three shots apiece, with the Bears taking the only shot on target.
Mercer broke the scoreless tie within the first five minutes of the second half, as Dylan Gaither lined up a free kick from roughly 25 yards out and bended a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the goal to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage.
GSU continued to stay aggressive on the offensive end of the pitch, getting a few good looks in the box from Alex Summerfield but was unable to break into the Mercer lead.
With under two minutes remaining, Georgia State found new life as Frank Rosenwald dished a pass to Matthew Fearnley inside the box who buried the equalizer for his second goal of the year. The Panthers carried that momentum into overtime, where they continued to put pressure on the Mercer back line and eventually broke through in the 97th minute.
Fearnley led a counter attack and delivered a pass to Dylan Morris who gathered and ripped a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that rolled past the outstretched arms of the Mercer keeper and handed the Panthers their sixth victory of the year.
Georgia State is back in action 8 p.m. Tuesday to take on Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn.