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GS Men's Soccer topples Appalachian State
GS Soccer
Georgia Southern's Azaad Liadi celebrates his goal against Appalachian State on Saturday at Erk Russell Park. - photo by Georgia Southern AMR
STATESBORO - Senior Azaad Liadi's goal in the 61st minute propelled the Georgia Southern men's soccer team to a 1-0 Senior Night victory over visiting Appalachian State on Saturday evening at Eagle Field.

The win moves the Eagles (7-7-2, 2-2 SBC) into a three-way tie for second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings with six points, equal now with Appalachian State (10-5-1, 2-2 SBC) and Howard. Georgia Southern plays its final match of the regular season on Saturday, November 9th, visiting Coastal Carolina for a 7 p.m. contest against the Chanticleers in Conway, S.C.

Georgia Southern came into the match riding a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Mountaineers, and the Eagles had not given up a goal against Appalachian State since the 2016 season, a streak of 401 minutes and 12 seconds.

The defense was up to the task tonight, limiting the Mountaineers to nine shots, just two on goal. Jose Eduardo Bomfim made a pair of saves to claim his first shutout for the Eagles in net.

The decisive score came just one second past the hour mark as Joshua Deane's through ball from the back found a streaking Liadi up the middle of the pitch. Liadi turned to his right with the ball in the box and beat Appalachian State goalkeeper Jacob Madden with his shot, notching his third goal of the season and putting the Eagles up, 1-0.

Bomfim made a reflex save on a shot by the Mountaineers in the 87th minute that preserved the shutout.

"We've had good performances at home," Georgia Southern Head Coach John Murphy said. "You look at our record and you'd say that we struggled at home, when we really haven't. This game wasn't dissimilar to many of the games we've played here this year. We've just happened to play good teams, and at this level, a goal can change a game. We were fortunate enough to score a great goal. The ball from Josh Deane was magnificent, I was really happy for Azaad, he's had a great season for us this year. He has to be the most fouled player in the conference. He really draws a lot of attention and the way he touched the ball forward and finished it tonight was fantastic. I thought we were very solid in the back. We had four seniors in the back four. The maturity was there, and they handled it very well. We got some great performances off the bench, so was a great team win, I'm pleased."

In a pre-match ceremony, the Eagles honored its six seniors, playing in their final Georgia Southern matches at Eagle Field - Liadi, Conner WasherGonzalo TalaveraSander WangDavid Rhoades and Justin Little.