Senior Emeka Maduka scores his third of the season and his second game winner.
MARIETTA, Ga. – In its 2012 home opener on Saturday, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team, ranked No. 3 nationally in the NAIA, registered a 2-1 victory over the Reinhardt University Eagles in a non-conference match at Nuesoft Technologies Field.
Reinhardt got out to a quick 1-0 lead with a goal in the second minute (1:29) before Southern Polytechnic, the preseason favorite to win the Southern States Athletic Conference title, evened the score in the 27th minute (26:59) on a goal by senior midfielder Andre Santos that was assisted by freshman midfielder Adis Islamovic. The contest remained tied, 1-1, at halftime and until the 63rd minute (62:52) when Southern Poly senior forward Emeka Maduka collected the game-winning goal off an assist from junior midfielder Juan Henao.
“We got off to a bad start but I’m glad that the boys persevered and we got the win in our home opener,” SPSU head coach Kom Momeni said. “I thought it was really our game and that we controlled both halves. It was a shame that we let in such an early goal, but we’ll learn from it.”
Senior Dennis Kramer played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Hornets. He made one save.
Southern Poly outshot the Eagles 20-5, including 10-1 in the second half. SPSU finished with eight shots on goal and the guests just two. In corner kicks, the winners ended with an 8-1 advantage.
The Hornets are on the road for a non-conference match against the NCAA Division II Shorter University Hawks on Wednesday. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Rome, Ga.
Emeka Maduka's game winning goal