Behind senior captain Greta Samuelsdottir's third goal of the season and sophomore Paige Burnett's second straight shutout, the Northeastern women's soccer team opened CAA conference play with a 1-0 win over Georgia State on Friday evening at Parsons Field.
Samuelsdottir (Kopavogur, Iceland) picked up her game-winner in the 31st minute. Burnett made three saves to pace the Huskies, who outshout the Panthers 14-7 on the day. Samuelsdottir had a team-high five shots for the Huskies, and classmate Sandra Magnusdottir added four. Rebecca Toler made four saves for GSU in the loss.
The first chance of the contest came in the sixth minute, when GSU's Alyssia Feronti launched a rocket towards Burnett, which the keeper pulled in while falling on her back. The Huskies best chance of the early going came in the 25th minute, when Magnusdottir sent a shot serve towards net. Toler was there to punch it away, and the contest remained scoreless.
The Huskies broke the scoreless draw in the 31st minute, when junior Hannah O'Donnell (Dallas, Texas) sent in a beautiful corner ball which Samuelsdottir was able to head past Toler for her third goal of the season.
Despite Georgia State holding a 7-5 edge in shots in the opening stanza, Northeastern took its 1-0 lead into the break. Burnett made three saves in the first frame to keep the Panthers off the board.
NU had a chance to add to its lead in the 59th minute, but junior Hanna Terry (Park City, Utah) fired a shot wide off a Magnusdottir corner kick. Northeastern generated three straight corners in the 62nd and 62rd minutes, but were unable to punch in an insurance goal.
Samuelsdottir came inches from picking up her second goal in the 66th minute, launching a missile towards net that Toler dove to graze away from the cage. The Panthers were unable to generate a real threat in the second half, as NU ended the frame with a 9-0 shot advantage.
On the day, Northeastern generated 10 corners to Georgia State's two. The Panthers out fouled NU 12-6.
Northeastern concludes its five-game home stand on Sunday afternoon when the UNCW Seahawks visit Parsons Field as conference play rolls on. Game-time is set for 1 p.m.