With a 4-11 overall record and a 1-7 Colonial Athletic Association record, the men’s soccer team has been lackluster at best this season.
Oct. 10 has been the last time the Panthers tasted victory, when they defeated William and Mary 2-1.
Since then, they have played five games, where they encountered losses in all of them. Forwards William Mellors-Blair and Alex Vivanco have been the team’s top offensive players. Vivanco leads the team in goals scored with six out of the 15 goals the Panthers have netted so far, while Mellors-Blair has sent the ball to the back of the net three times and has given five assists.
So far, the team’s victory over North Florida at the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament has been Vivanco’s best playing time, as he scored two goals. For Mellors-Blair, the England native’s best game was against Georgia Southern, as he contributed to the 3-0 victory with two goals out of two shots, showing perfect accuracy.
Yet, the Panthers continue to struggle offensively. They place 10th out of 11 in the league in shots, eighth in goals scored with an average of 1.07 per game and ninth in assists.
Defensively, Georgia State has also been having problems.
They rank top four in goals allowed, as they have allowed an average of 1.71.
Their worst defensive game has been their 4-0 fall to No. 1 Maryland on Sep. 24.
The game against the Terrapins was part of a five-game losing streak the Panthers managed to come out of by triumphing over William and Mary 2-1.
Looking to put a good finish to their disappointing season, the Panthers will close their conference play hosting George Mason (10-5, 3-4 CAA) on Oct. 31 and then will finish the season against Stetson, also at the GSU Soccer Complex on Nov. 4.