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Seventh-ranked Hornets fall 1-0 in SSAC game at No. 4-rated Belhaven, travel to face conference opponent William Carey on Saturday


JACKSON, Miss. – On Friday afternoon in Southern States Athletic Conference play, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to the host Belhaven University Blazers at H.T. Newell Field. Unbeaten and untied Belhaven is No. 4 nationally and Southern Polytechnic seventh in the latest NAIA rankings.

The only scoring in the match came when the Blazers knocked in a goal in just the fourth minute (3:16). The last shutout loss for Southern Poly came exactly one year ago (3-0 at home to the University of Mobile in a SSAC game on Sept. 28, 2011).

In their first SSAC road contest of the year, the Hornets outshot Belhaven 13-9, but the hosts took five shots on goal, compared to three for SPSU. Southern Poly had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.

In goal for the Hornets, senior Dennis Kramer played all 90 minutes and was credited with three saves.

SPSU is 6-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in SSAC play while the Blazers improve to a perfect 10-0-0 overall, including 3-0-0 in the conference. Southern Poly travels to face the William Carey University Crusaders in another SSAC match on Saturday at 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. Eastern) in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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