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Nick Buxton scores his first goal of the season Sunday

Nick Buxton scores his first goal of the season Sunday

Sept. 23, 2007

Box Score

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Georgia State scored two goals with under eight minutes to play in the game to break open a close contest and take a 3-1 victory over USC Upstate in the Spartans' men's soccer home opener Sunday afternoon at County University Soccer Stadium.

Georgia State improves to .500 on the year with a 3-3-1 record, while Upstate remains winless on the season, falling to 0-6-0. The Spartans are back in action Friday night at North Florida in Upstate's Atlantic Sun Conference opener. Georgia State plays at Towson Friday afternoon at 3:00.

Upstate broke on top early in the game when Alex Garcev took a pass from Kim Krohn and was taken down from behind in the 18-yard box. The Spartans were awarded a free kick and Nick Buxton put the shot away to give Upstate a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

Georgia State drew even in the match when Floreal Pedrazzo took off down the left sideline and played a cross over the box and found Tobias Nagy who had just entered the game. Nagy fired a shot past a diving Jason McCabe and into the net in the 44th minute.

The teams felt each other out for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Upstate began to mount offensive pressure. However, neither the Spartans nor Georgia State, which mounted counter attacks throughout the game, could crack the scoreboard. With 23 minutes to play in regulation, Krohn played a through ball to David Stanbra who went one-on-one with Georgia State keeper Filipe Carvalho. Carvalho, though, charged the play and dove to block Stanbra's shot attempt to keep the score knotted at 1-1.

McCabe made a diving save as well with 19 minutes to play to keep Georgia State off the scoreboard in the second half. The Panthers, though, would cash in nearly 10 minutes later when Eduardo Liza collected the ball and looked around for options. He found no defensive pressure and lifted a shot into the air from 25 yards out that fell into the net over a leaping McCabe and under the crossbar with 7:44 to play in the match, giving Georgia State a 2-1 lead.

With the outcome still to be decided, Georgia State put the match away 50 seconds later when Liza played a cross from the right side to Dathan Knott who fired a shot. McCabe made a diving save, deflecting the ball from going into the net. However, Pedrazo was there to put the shot away into the open net for his seventh goal of the season. The score gave the Panthers a commanding 3-1 lead and secured the win.

Upstate held a 6-5 lead in shots at halftime, but Georgia State took nine in the second half while holding the Spartans to three. The Panthers finished with 14 shots on the day, while Upstate took nine.

USC Upstate Men's Soccer
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