MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Under the lights on Thursday night, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team came away with a 2-1 Southern States Athletic Conference win over the host Faulkner University Eagles on John Mark Stallings Field. Southern Polytechnic is ranked No. 10 nationally in the NAIA.
“I'm very glad to get another road conference win,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “Faulkner was a very hard-working, athletic team.”
The Hornets scored twice late in the first half and never trailed in the match. Freshman midfielder Adis Islamovic tallied the first goal on an assist from senior midfielder Andre Santos in the 42nd minute before senior forward Emeka Maduka posted his sixth game-winning goal of the season about a minute later. Shortly after halftime, Faulkner came up with a goal in the 48th minute but SPSU held on for the victory.
“I thought we were very good in the first half and just came out flat in the second half,” Momeni said. “We need to make sure that we do not keep that trend up if we plan on making a run toward the end of the season.”
Southern Poly ended with a slim 14-12 edge in shots, including 4-2 on goal. The Hornets were awarded six corner kicks to the Eagles’ two. The hosts committed 20 fouls while SPSU had seven. Senior goalkeeper
Dennis Kramer, this week’s NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week, played the full 90 minutes for Southern Poly. He finished with one save.
The Hornets are 9-2-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the SSAC while the Faulkner falls to 3-8-1 overall, including 1-5-1 in conference play. This Saturday, SPSU returns to Montgomery for its third straight SSAC road contest, this time taking on the Auburn University at Montgomery Warhawks, who are rated sixth in the nation at the NAIA level. The NAIA National Game of the Week is slated for 3:30 p.m. Central time (4:30 p.m. Eastern).