Southern Poly came into today’s match receiving votes to become Nationally Ranked for the second time in just 26 games of existence. After some good performances already in the Conference, beating the likes of Lee University 4-0 and Emmanuel 3-0 away from home, the Hornets would be looking to dispose of the Vikings from Berry College.
Berry started the game the better of the two and created a few chances from crosses into the box. However, it would be SPSU who would draw blood first. A great ball was played in behind the right back of the Vikings. Good feet work from freshman Diego Nicholson allowed him time at the back post. He swung the ball in and found James Grant at the far post, who was denied by a Berry defender standing on the goal line. His defensive header found Junior, Emmanuel Elomobor, who smashed the ball home for his first collegiate goal for Southern Poly.
This would be the start of a great game for Elomobor, who ten minutes later pressured the defense with Junior Felipe Lopez and dispossessed the defense. Elomobor, then out raced the keeper and Vikings back line and touched the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0. They would be the halftime score.
The second half would produce lots of action. A little confusion at the back left Vikings forward Louis Salazar space to flick the ball past Ryan Black to stun the Hornets defense and make the game 2-1. The Hornets would not be outworker or put off by the goal, and would continue to put pressure on the Vikings defense, and would get what proved to be the game winner. Elomobor dribbled the ball and found Grant, free down the left, who struck the ball hard and low. The new Berry GK could only parry it, and Midfielder Felipe Lopez coolly put it into the back of the net making it 3-1.
The game would continue to be fast and furious. Southern Poly would allow the Vikings to pull one back with ten minutes to go, to keep the game interesting. However, the game would be sealed and finished with substitute Kouami d’Almeida assisting James Grant. Kouami picked up the ball in the Vikings half and would dibble the defense, only to square it to Grant who coolly scored his 4th goal of the season, 4-2 Southern Poly.
“ We had some good individual performances today, Jacob Morrow and Daniel Oyugah at the back, Felipe and Grant in midfield and of course Elomobor getting his first two goals,” said Head Coach Kom Momeni.
The Hornets will be at home this Sunday at 2pm to face Bethel College.