Eagles look to bust slump

Trevor McNaboe

After a disappointing start to its four-game home stand, the Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team looks to bounce back against in-state foe Georgia State University.

The Eagles have been in a free fall as of late, losing the last two games by a combined score of 5-1 and losing to Wofford College 3-0 in the most recent game.

On the flip side, the Panthers are red-hot coming off a five game win streak that stretches back to Sept. 14 when they lost to Evansville University by a score of 3-1.

In the last matchup between the teams it was Ga. State that came out as the victor with a 3-0 scoreline.

The Eagles will play host, although they have struggled at Eagle Field coming in with a record of 2-3 and allowing 10 goals while scoring just seven.

Luckily for the Eagles, the Panthers haven’t been road warriors as they come in with a 1-3-1 record away from Atlanta. The Panthers have also been outscored this season on the road allowing 10 goals and just scoring six.

Both teams have been very similar offensively as the Eagles score 1.20 goals and the Panthers score 1.22 goals a game. Both teams also have allowed opponents to catch up and score later in the game by being outscored in the second half of games.

Ga. State does not have one person that stands out statistically, however, they have been successful as a unit. Three players that have scored two goals or more for the Panthers are freshman forward Amiri Abraham (2 goals), redshirt junior midfielder Stephen McGill (2 goals) and senior midfielder Jamal Keene (3 goals).

Both teams have played Wofford as a similar opponent; however, the Eagles lost 3-0 while the Panthers won in overtime by a score of 2-1.

GSU will have to have a sound game in the attacking third and also in the back line to win against Ga State This game could come down to the team that controls possession and the tempo of the game.

Kickoff is set for tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Eagle Field.