ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The eighth-seeded Panthers of Georgia State women’s soccer defeated the top-seeded Eagles 1-0 on Wednesday night after Callee Maughon’s goal in the 18th minute gave the Panthers an early lead in the game.
The Panthers and Eagles were rematching in-state conference rivals Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt Championship quarterfinals. With the victory, GSU moves on to the semifinals of the SBC Championship for the seventh time in a row. On Friday, November 4, they will take on the winner of James Madison versus Texas State.
Less than a week had passed since Georgia Southern and GSU last played one other before their Wednesday night match in Foley, Alabama. The Panthers lost to the Eagles, 1-0, on Thursday, October 27, despite outshooting their conference rival 10-to-1 in the second half of an offensively-heavy game in which GSU recorded 14 total shots the night.
The Eagles’ lone shot of the second half resulted in Georgia Southern’s lone goal in the Thursday night game in Atlanta. With conference tournament ramifications at risk, Wednesday night offered the Panthers a second chance to overcome the top-seeded Eagles. After 18 minutes of play, the Panthers scored thanks to a goal from Maughon, who received an assist from teammate Gracen Crosby. For the first half, GSU had a 1-0 advantage and played solidly on defense.
On Wednesday night, Georgia Southern had 13 total shots, while the Panthers had seven overall. The No. 1 overall seeded opponent was defeated by GSU, 1-0, as the Eagles were finally unable to get an equalizer.
Eva Diez Lois, an All-Sun Belt Second Team member, continued to excel on the Panthers’ backline as she helped the defense record its ninth shutout. Jaddah Foos, the goalkeeper, was again strong in the net, making five saves for the evening. GSU will take on the winner of James Madison vs. Texas State on Friday at 8 p.m., improving to 9-6-5 overall. ET. ESPN+ will stream the game live from Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Alabama.