ATLANTA--The Georgia State men's soccer team dropped its final home match of the season by a 1-0 score to James Madison on Sunday at Panthersville.
It was the first loss at home for the Panthers (10-5-1, 4-4) this season. GSU is 7-1 at Panthersville and is now tied with VCU for sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with three road matches remaining. The Panthers and Rams face off on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Richmond, Va.
JMU (11-2-1, 7-1) senior midfielder Jimmy Simpson headed home the game's only goal off a cross from freshman Jamal Umar in the 69th minute. Umar sent in a high cross from the left that Simpson skied and headed into the right side of the net past a diving Vincent Foermer.
GSU's junior goalkeeper Foermer made one save in the match while JMU's senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson made five stops for the shutout. The Dukes remain in a tie with No. 11-ranked Old Dominion atop the CAA standings.
The Panthers outshot the Dukes 12-10 for the match, but couldn't put one past Epperson. Redshirt senior Ayokunle Lumpkin and sophomore Evan Scott each had game-tying goals fall just wide of the goal mouth in the second half. It's the first time all season that GSU has lost two consecutive matches after a 3-2 loss in overtime on Wednesday at ODU.
Head coach Brett Surrency leads GSU into Fairfax, Va., for a 3 p.m. match against George Mason next Saturday. The matchup between the Patriots (6-6-3, 3-4-1) and Panthers pits two teams within two points of each other that are fighting for one of the final six spots in the CAA Tournament.
Check www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of next Saturday's match. Also check the schedule page for a link to live stats from Fairfax, Va.