October 8, 2008
The Hornets (6-3-1) had the “NAIA National Game of the Week” on Wednesday, against Auburn Montgomery, who came into the match with a 6-3 overall record.
Southern Poly would look dangerous on the counter attack within the first 20 minutes and a couple poor passes and good saves by the AUM keeper kept the game scoreless. AUM created some opportunities of their own with a couple crosses into the box where they would head the ball off target. It would take the home side 39 minutes to get onto the score sheet, and it was the big back who ran from his defensive line to combine with his forward and coolly passed the ball by Sophomore, GK, Eric Ati
The second half would be a totally different game with both teams trying to put their impression onto the game. The first twenty minutes saw a couple chances for both sides and on the 66th minute, AUM would extend their lead. A service from out wide into an AUM forward was held up and he turned, only to be denied by a great save by Ati. However the rebound would find the back of the net.
SPSU would not be out by any means, and on the 75th minute mark, a quiet Mamadou Danso, who had missed every minute of the last three games, broke free with speed and power and brought the tie back to 2-1. The Hornets gave themselves a life line, but within two minutes, would be back down two goals. A cross from the flank was deflected to the edge of the box, and volleyed the ball into the back of the net. “It was a great strike and just poor defending” said Coach Kom Momeni.
Mamadou “Futty” Danso would not be finished yet. Two minutes after the restart, the Hornets would pull themselves right back into the game once more, and after out muscling the defense, Danso slotted a shot past the keeper to make the score 3-2 and give the Hornets hope to equalize the match. Danso would record his Conference leading goal total to 11.
This would once again be short lived and a scrap in the box, let the Senators put the game out of reach, and the score would end 4-2.
“We are still a young team and program. We had 4 freshman and 5 sophomores in the starting line up, but we had our chances. We pride ourselves on strong defense, and yesterday was our worst defensive performance in our short history. We will look to bounce back starting with Southern Wesleyan.”
The Hornets moved to 6-4-1 and will be looking to increase their conference record to 5-2 this Wednesday the 15th at SWU.