Senior Emeka Maduka scores his team leading fourth goal in the loss.
ROME, Ga. – On the road in a non-conference game, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team – ranked second nationally in the NAIA – suffered a 2-1 loss to the NCAA Division II Shorter University Hawks at Ben Brady Field on Wednesday night.
Southern Polytechnic got a goal from senior forward Emeka Maduka off an assist from freshman midfielder Samson Nyamunda in the 16th minute (15:23) to take an early lead, but Shorter tied the match at 1-1 in the 34th minute (33:13). The score remained knotted up at halftime and until the 76th minute (75:49) when the Hawks recorded the game-winning goal.
"I thought we played very well until we scored. Then, we just quit. It's a sign of a very immature team," said Hornet Head Coach Kom Momeni. "I am extremely disappointed and such casualness cannot be tolerated."
Southern Poly had a 16-8 edge in shots, including 8-4 on goal, and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. In the second half, the Hornets outshot the hosts 9-3.
In goal for SPSU, senior Dennis Kramer played all 90 minutes and posted two saves.
"Sometimes this game can be very cruel. We created so many dangerous opportunities and missed wide open goals and one versus ones, while they had three good looks and scored on two of them. I guess the credit goes to them for bending but not breaking. Shame on us for such awful execution," commentated a disgusted Coach Momeni.
Southern Poly hosts a non-conference contest with the Tennessee Temple University Crusaders next Tuesday. The match is slated for 5 p.m. at Nuesoft Technologies Field.
Emeka Maduka scored the lone goal for the Hornets