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No. 13-ranked Hornets advance to SSAC Tournament championship game with 1-0 win over sixth-rated Mobile, play for title this Saturday

No. 13-ranked Hornets advance to SSAC Tournament championship game with 1-0 win over sixth-rated Mobile, play for title this Saturday

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Thursday afternoon in a Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal game, the No. 5-seed Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team advanced to the event’s championship match this Saturday with a 1-0 win over the top-seeded University of Mobile Rams at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex. Mobile, which had a nine-game winning streak end and lost to Southern Polytechnic for the second time this year, is ranked sixth nationally in the NAIA while the Hornets are No. 13.

“I’m so proud of the whole program tonight,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “We got another shutout on the road against an excellent team.”

Neither team scored over the first 65 minutes of the contest before SPSU was awarded a penalty kick. In the 66th minute (65:06), midfielder Adis Islamovic, a Second Team All-SSAC performer and a member of the All-Freshman Team, kicked in the game-winning goal and the Hornets held on to post their ninth shutout of the season.

“Mobile was very solid defensively and our PK was hotly contested by them,” Momeni said. “I’m not sure if they handled the ball in the box.

“I feel that our midfield was the difference today, especially (senior) Andre Santos.”

The Rams outshot Southern Poly 8-4, including 2-1 on goal and 6-1 in the second half. SPSU had a slight 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

In goal for the winners, senior Dennis Kramer played the full 90 minutes for his fifth shutout of 2012. The First Team All-SSAC selection came up with two saves.
 
The Hornets improve to 13-4-1 overall while Mobile is 14-4-1. Southern Poly plays in Saturday’s title game in Montgomery at 3:30 p.m. Central time (4:30 p.m. Eastern) against the winner between the No. 3-seeded Southern Wesleyan University Warriors and the second-seeded Auburn University at Montgomery Warhawks with the champion earning an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament. Auburn Montgomery is rated eighth nationally in the NAIA while Southern Wesleyan is No. 11.


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