Tampa, Fla.-Georgia State conceded a goal midway through the first half and couldn't overcome the deficit on the road and fell 1-0 at No. 20 USF Friday night.
GSU rebounded in the second half after falling behind in the first, ripping seven shots compared to two in the first half. Head coach Brett Surrency liked the way his team fought back in the second half, despite facing a road deficit in a tough environment.
"The second half was night and day from the first half, it was a positive that we didn't just throw it in," Surrency said, "We regrouped at the half and played better in the second half. The next time we play against a top team in a great atmosphere, we'll know what we need to do."
Surrency noted the one-goal loss taught the Panthers many lessons, including the mettle they will need once Colonial Athletic Association play begins late this month.
"There are some ranked teams in the CAA that we have to go to that have a great facility and a great atmosphere," Surrency said, "We can take this experience and use that in the future. That was the goal to learn from these games as we play the top competition before conference play."
GSU goalkeeper Vincent Foermer made four stops but conceded the only goal of the match in the 24th minute to USF junior Sebastien Thuriere. Thuriere buried a shot after he collected a rebound off a shot from teammate Kyle Nicholls. Even though the Panthers allowed just one goal to a top team, Surrency said the Panthers weren't satisfied.
"We came to Tampa to win," Surrency said, "Right now the guys are disappointed, and I'm happy they're disappointed. I want them to absolutely hate losing and go into every game expecting to win no matter who we play."
The Panthers next challenge is on Monday evening when they travel to Clinton, S.C. for a match against Presbyterian College. GSU is 2-2 all-time against the Blue Hose and shut them out 2-0 in last season's match in Panthersville.
"Presbyterian is another difficult match and another difficult place to play," Surrency said, "They seem to have some extra juice when they're home, we have to match their work rate but it's an opportunity to get back in the win column."
Visit www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview and a link to live stats of the Panthers' Monday match at Presbyterian College.