ATLANTA--Sophomore midfielder Stephen McGill buried a penalty kick in the 93rd minute to give the Georgia State men's soccer team a 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Hofstra Saturday afternoon at Panthersville.
McGill scored his second game-winning, penalty kick goal of the season after redshirt senior Ayokunle Lumpkin was taken down in the box by Hofstra goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini. McGill stepped in and roofed the shot past Pellegrini to give GSU (7-2-1, 1-1) its first conference win of the season.
"Ayokunle took a good touch and the keeper came out and took him out," McGill said, "On the penalty kick, I saw a lot of wind and shot the ball with a lot of power and it worked out."
The Panthers rushed the field and mobbed McGill after his bullet into the upper-left corner of the net capped a mostly one-sided match that gave GSU an important first CAA victory.
"This win is huge," GSU head coach Brett Surrency said, "It gets us back to .500 in the CAA. I'm happy for the guys, they worked hard with two games in a row now with shutouts."
Redshirt freshman CJ Cochran was once again stellar in net as he made one save in the victory. GSU earned a second straight shutout victory also behind deft defensive work from the midfield and defense.
The Panthers teamed to hold Hofstra leading scorer Brett Carrington, often marked on the outside by the likes of sophomore Michael Nwiloh and freshman Bo Stroup, without a shot in the match. GSU held Hofstra (4-4, 1-1) to just four shots and no corners as opposed to 12 shots and seven corners for the Panthers.
"I thought we were the better team today," Surrency said, "I thought we played the better soccer. Any win is a good win, but the ones that are at home, we have to take care of."
The Panthers finally secured their first-ever victory over the Pride in this the eighth matchup. Several GSU chances went barely begging throughout the match as Hofstra's Pellegrini was peppered with shots all game. Pellegrini made five saves in the losing effort.
GSU held "Kicks for the Cure" on Saturday at the Panthersville Soccer Complex as the players and coaches donned pink "Panthers for a Cure" t-shirts. Fans were also given the same pink t-shirts in support of The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The Georgia State men's soccer team remains at home for its next CAA match against William & Mary on Wednesday (7 p.m.). Check back on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com early in the week for a preview of Wednesday's important CAA contest.