Gamecocks Drop Conference Match to Panthers
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team (2-4-1) dropped its Sun Belt Conference match to Georgia State (3-2-3) 1-0 Friday night (Sept. 22).
Prior to the match, the Gamecocks retired the jersey of former All-American goalkeeper Charlie Arndt (1985-88). Arndt was the 1988 national Goalkeeper of the Year and is the second Gamecock to have his jersey retired, joining Clint Mathis.
South Carolina had a tough time getting the offense going in the first half, as the Gamecocks were held without a shot.
The Panther capitalized on their only shot on goal of the night. In the 19th minute, Georgia State put a header home inside the 8-yard box.
Carolina’s first shot of the match came in the 66th minute. The Gamecocks ramped up the offensive pressure in the final 15 minutes of the match, putting three shots on goal. In the final two minutes, the Gamecocks had the play a man down after William Nilsson received a red card. Ethan Dekel Daks nearly scored the equalizer twice during that time, but the GSU goalie made diving saves on both chances.
On the night, Georgia State out-shot the Gamecocks 8-6, but Carolina held a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal. GSU also led 11-6 in corner kicks.
South Carolina continues play at Stone Stadium Tuesday (Sept. 26) against USC Upstate at 7 p.m.