Hornets Beat Southern Wesleyan 2-1October 15, 2008
The Hornets hit the road after two straight defeats, to face Conference opponents
Southern Wesleyan University. All members of the Hornets were back from injuries and
SPSU were looking to get back into the National rankings.
The Hornets started off the brighter out of the two, but would fall behind at the thirty minute mark. Warriors Mid-fielder, William Austin shot the ball from forty yards out, which saw the thunderous strike hit the corner of the woodwork, come back out, and strike the back of sophomore keeper Eric Ati. The ball bounced again into the thigh of Center Back, Jacob Morrow, and again bounced awkwardly into the net. “We lose the craziest goals. Since we have started this program, I literally think there has been around four or five ridiculous goals, which end up costing us dearly”, said Head Coach Momeni. "They had one shot on goal the whole night and it hit two of our players and the post before it went in!"
The goal would only spur the Hornets on and within eight minutes, they had leveled the game. A quick restart which began with freshman Sean Grisham, put starting Center Back, Mamadou “Futty” Danso in behind the Warrior’s back four, and he coolly slid it by the keeper to make it 1-1. This would bring Danso’s conference leading goal total to 12. SPSU would apply more pressure before the half, but would not convert some of their good play.
The second half, saw the Hornets out shoot the Warriors 8-2 and Southern Wesleyan’s keeper pulled off a couple of great saves to keep the Hornets at bay. The Hornets would apply more pressure but could not break the dead lock. Senior, James Grant found himself alone with the GK with about two minutes left, but could not find the back of the net.
The game went into overtime, and Danso intercepted a pass and played the ball in behind the right back for Freshman Kouami D'Almeida, who sprinted down the line before his precision cross found a great run by Freshman Sean Grisham. Grisham would dive for the header, and send the Warriors keeper the wrong way, 2-1 Southern Poly!
“We showed great character in the opening minutes of overtime. We needed the win, to give us a conference win and to stop the streak of losses,” said a delighted Head Coach Momeni. The Hornets would extend their overall record to 7-4-1 and Conference record to 5-2.