ATLANTA--The Georgia State men's soccer team finished off its fourth-straight match without a loss in a dominating 3-0 victory over FAU Friday afternoon at Panthersville.
Sophomore forward Evan Scott paced the Panthers (4-1-1) with a four-point game, including one goal and two assists. It was the first such match of his career and the first for a GSU player since junior Eric Lawrence accomplished the feat on Sept. 12 of last season. The Panthers received goals from junior Gimel Gordon, who opened his account for the season, and a late tally from freshman Jordan Weise.
"I think we came out more refined in the second half and the score reflected that," head coach Brett Surrency said. "In the first half, I thought we could've been a little bit sharper, but the second half I thought we did a much better job. The end score reflects what we put into the game in the second half."
Redshirt freshman C.J. Cochran made three stops to record his second shutout in as many games. Georgia State's defense has now allowed just three goals in seven games to start the season.
Gordon opened the scoring after Scott beat a defender one-on-one on the left side and rifled a shot off of FAU goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton. Gordon calmly deposited the rebound into the back of the net.
Scott followed his teammate just more than 10 minutes later when he took a crafty pass from sophomore Jamal Keene on the left side of the box and nailed a shot just inside the far post. Scott's goal gave GSU a 2-0 advantage at the 72:36 mark.
"It was great timing from Jamal playing a great through ball and I held my line onside," Scott said.
Senior Ayokunle Lumpkin made an excellent individual effort to beat his defender down the right side and fired in a low cross to the feet of Scott in the middle. Scott tapped the ball on to Weise breaking in from the left side of the box who buried the chip shot for a 3-0 lead. Weise's second goal of the season capped the scoring with just less than 13 minutes remaining.
The Panthers outshot FAU 21-7, including a 12-4 margin in the second half. FAU fell to 3-3-1 with the loss. GSU has outscored its opponents 9-0 in the second half this season.
Georgia State faces a quick turnaround for a second straight week as it hosts Florida International on Sunday at Noon. Sunday will also be Youth Soccer Day at the Panthersville Soccer Complex. Admission is free.