October 22, 2008
As the Hornets entered Senior Day at Nuesoft Technologies Field, they knew that a victory against the visiting Barons from Brewton Parker College would secure them at least a first round home match in the SSAC Tournament. This would be the final home, regular season, match for the 2008 season. It ended in a 9-1 lopsided win for the Hornets.
Before the match, Seniors, Dan Brown, James Grant, and Iago Vazquez were honored at midfield for their commitment and hard work in establishing the SPSU Men's Soccer Program. Once the whistle blew, all three were instrumental in scoring the game's first goal in the second minute of play! Vazquez received the ball in midfield, beat one defender and slipped Grant in behind the defense, who served a perfect ball to the near post, where Brown finished it in the side netting.
Scoring came early and often for the Hornets and the three seniors were the beneficiaries from a great day of attacking soccer. Brown finished with two goals and one assist. While Grant and Vazquez both finished with two assists a piece. Grant added another goal to bring his total to five on the season. However, more importantly, his assist would bring his season total to ten, which now leads the SSAC.
The game winner came from Freshman, Back, Chris Szalwinski's assist to fellow Freshman, Diego Nicholson. Szalwinski finished with two assists on the day and Nicholson got his first ever game-winning goal of his college career.
The day would not end without, Sophomore, Mamadou "Futty" Danso making an impression. He finished with three goals, bringing his total to 17 for the season in only 11 matches. He also leads the SSAC in this category.
Other scorers on the day were Scott Anderson and Sean Grisham
"I am very happy for our seniors, who have been instrumental in creating the foundation for our program. All three guys produced and enjoyed their day in the spotlight. It was great to have them finish off our final, regular season, home match of 2008,in such an impressive manner" said Coach Momeni.