MARIETTA, Ga. – The Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team rebounded from a 2-1 loss at Shorter University six days ago with a dominating 8-0 rout of the visiting Tennessee Temple University Crusaders in a non-conference match on Tuesday at Nuesoft Technologies Field. Southern Polytechnic dropped from No. 2 to eighth nationally in this week’s NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which was released while the game was being played.
“I am very happy with the boys’ performance today,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “It was a good rebound game after Shorter. We still have some work to do and we’ll see what we can do against a very good Tennessee Wesleyan team on Saturday.”
The Hornets did not score until the 27th minute (26:33), but then tallied their eight goals in less than a 51-minute span. SPSU led 5-0 at the intermission and cruised in the second half as 22 players saw playing time in the game.
Senior forward Emeka Maduka scored the first four goals of the contest while sophomore forward Avery Shepard came off the bench to collect a pair of goals and an assist for the winners. Senior midfielder Andre Santos and freshman midfielder Adis Islamovic had a goal and an assist apiece while sophomore defender/midfielder Harry McGregor, freshman midfielder Samson Nyamunda, sophomore defender Tyler Woodruff, junior defender Jalani Landburg and junior midfielder James Harris each picked up an assist.
Southern Poly outshot Tennessee Temple 44-1, including 22-0 on goal. The Hornets ended with a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks.
SPSU goalkeepers Dennis Kramer, a senior, and Vincent Easterbrook, a sophomore, combined on the shutout. Kramer started and played about 57 minutes before giving way to Easterbrook. Neither player needed to make a save.
Southern Poly is on the road to play its final non-conference match of the season this Saturday against the Tennessee Wesleyan College Bulldogs, who received 21 points in this week’s NAIA national poll to rank 34th. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Athens, Tenn.
Senior Captain Andre Santos scoring his second goal of the season.