ATLANTA, GEORGIA—On Wednesday night, the Panthers men’s soccer team played in their sixth straight playoff game but lost to the James Madison Dukes, 5-0. The Panthers finish tonight with a record of 4-2-2 in the Sun Belt and 12-4-3 overall.

James Madison seized initiative right away and never let up. In the first half, they had eight shots compared to three for Georgia State, and they scored one goal during that period. Iolo Jones and Justin McLean attempted to give the Panthers two shots on goal, but the Dukes stopped both of their attempts.

JMU continued to outscore the Panthers in the second half with four more goals. Georgia State made numerous excellent attempts to score, but they were unsuccessful. Max Wilkins’ solo shot was one of the Panthers’ seven overall shots, including two from Simon Carlson, Iolo Jones, and Justin McLean.

Gunther Rankenburg made four more saves during this game, bringing his total to 70, good for second place in the Sun Belt and two short of his previous season’s record of 72 saves. In terms of total saves, save %, and goals against average, he is ranked second in the Sun Belt. With 148 saves, he has joined the list of all-time save leaders. He is currently third in the records with a 1.29 goals-against average for his career. On Sunday, November 13, at 1 p.m., the Kentucky Wildcats and James Madison Dukes will play in the championship game.