Saturday October 18, 2008
The Hornets continue there run of success this year, by both keeping a clean sheet and scoring their second most in a collegiate game. Southern Poly would be hosting Tennessee Wesleyan (2-9-1), and would be looking to take their record to 8-4-1.
The Hornets came out looking dangerous and within the first ten minutes they would find themselves a goal to the good. Junior Felipe Lopez would extend his assist tally to five for the season. Lopez played a great ball in behind the defense for Freshman Kouami d’Almeida, and he coolly chipped the goalkeeper from outside the box. This would prove to be the game winner and would set the Hornets on a rampage.
Southern Poly’s “humble superstar” James Grant looked to increase his assist tally for the season and at 17th minute mark, collected the ball inside the Bulldog’s half and beat the outside right back. He spotted a late run into the box from Freshman, Diego Nicholson who finally scored his first collegiate goal. “Let’s hope it’s the first of many” said a pleased coach Kom Momeni after the game.
The third goal would come from the unlikely pairing of Baxter Taylor and Bilal Adams. The two freshmen combined in behind the Bulldog’s defense and Taylor would pick up his first of two assists of the day, and Bilal “Bo” Adams would score his second of the season. “When coming off the bench we expect high intensity and Baxter showed us willingness to make an impact today. He played about 30 minutes and recorded two assists. He was my man of the match, today, and we are looking for him to play a big role in both this year and in the future” said a delighted Head Coach Momeni.
Mamadou “Futty” Danso would eventually get involved in the scoring and increase his tally to 13 and later 14. Team captain and Sophomore Jeff Paffenback whipped in a great ball from the right wing, and Danso did what he does best. A great header into the far post saw the Hornets go into half time 4-0.
The second half started similar to the first and with ten minutes, a beautifully orchestrated goal by Grant and Nicholson, would give Freshman Sean Grisham his fifth goal of the season. James beat his man on the wing and found Nicholson at the back post. Nicholson calmly headed the ball down to Grisham who coolly tucked the ball past the Bulldog’s keeper.
The scoring would be complete with Baxter Taylor’s hard work, dispossessing the defense and he unselfishly squared the ball to Danso, who, on the rebound, completed the scoring and the Hornets would leave Nuesoft Technologies field 6-0 winners and 8-4-1.
“It was a great performance from back to front. Players came off the bench and got the job done. Also, some new players got some valuable college soccer experience, most noticeably freshman Baxter Taylor, and Ivan Carranza”, praised Coach Momeni.