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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Georgia State Panthers men’s soccer team lost a challenging game against West Virginia on Sunday night, 3-2. The Panthers record now stands at 9-3-3 overall and 2-2-2 in the Sun Belt, maintaining them in fourth place in the league. Within the opening three minutes of the game, both teams scored. In the second minute, the Mountaineers scored quickly to take the lead.

In response, Simon Carlson quickly outran West Virginia’s goalkeeper to tap in a simple goal after receiving a pass from the Mountaineers in the box. Carlson now leads the Panthers in goals with his sixth of the year. Neither team managed to score for the remainder of the first half, and only 11 shots were fired overall. In the 50th minute, the Mountaineers scored their next goal by taking advantage of a missed out-of-bounds call that caused players to stop the game and left the goal wide open.

A minute later, West Virginia scored again, increasing their advantage to 3-1. In the 73rd minute, the Panthers added another goal as they continued to battle. Carlson’s free kick connected with Evan Schroeder’s head to get the Panthers within one. Carlson scored a game-high three points; this was Schroeder’s second header of the year.

The Panthers failed to add another goal despite numerous opportunities and an almost goal by Max Wilkins. On Friday, October 28, Senior Night in Atlanta, the Panthers return to action. At 7 o’clock they play South Carolina. and is scheduled to air live on ESPN+.