ATLANTA, GEORGIA-Three of the top players of Georgia State University Panthers Men’s Soccer Team are feeling good and proud these days.
George Proctor, Gunther Rankenburg, and Ross Finnie were named to the 2021 United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team on Wednesday.
The three got the selection after they carried the Panthers to the MAC Tournament Championship Game, an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win last month as the Panthers topped Charlotte 1-0.
Proctor, who earned first-team honors and entered the season as the defending Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year led a backline that helped secure six shutouts this season. He earned All-MAC First Team honors this season while scoring five goals despite playing on the defensive side of the ball. The senior previously has been named to the 2018 All-Sun Belt Second Team, the 2020 All-Sun Belt First Team, the 2020 MAC Herrmann Watch List, and was named to the 2020 Senior CLASS Award First Team.
Rankenburg, who earned second-team honors, played every minute in goal for the Panthers this year and finished the year leading the MAC with 72 saves while compiling a 13-7 record in his first year as a starter for Georgia State. Two of his biggest shutouts came in the postseason, first leading the Panthers to a 1-0 win over No. 14 West Virginia in the MAC Tournament semifinals, then pitching a 1-0 shoutout at Charlotte in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Finnie, who earned third-team honors, led Georgia State with six assists including one that led to Proctor’s goal against Charlotte in the NCAA Tournament. He played in all 20 matches while taking 13 shots, including six shots on goal. Finnie previously earned both 2019 All-Sun Belt Second Team honors as well as 2020 All-Sun Belt First Team recognition.
In the last two years, the Panthers have earned seven United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors.

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