Hornets Draw with Covenant College
September 17, 2008
After a great result Saturday, the Hornets would look to get revenge against Covenant College, for a 2-1 overtime lose from last season. However, a 1-1 tie was not good enough as Southern Poly was forced to make a couple of key changes due to injury and lacked the intensity from juniors Scott Anderson and Felipe Lopez, who would have to watch from the sidelines.
The Hornets started brightly when Mamadou “Futty” Danso combined with Freshman Diego Nicholson who showed great skill to beat his man, however lacked the cutting edge to put the Hornets up in the first two minutes. Moments later, Nicholson would find James Grant far post who would have an open strike inside the box, but could not put the Hornets one goal to the good.
Covenant College could not generate any real chances and SPSU should have taken the lead when Danso received the ball behind the defense, only to volley over the bar. The Hornets would out shot the Scots 5-1 on goal in the first half but would go into the break with no goal.
The second half started brightly for the Hornets. Half time substitute, Iago Vazquez playing in his first collegiate game, found time on the wing to serve a great ball in the box. Danso attacked the service and would score his 8th goal of the season with a great header. Just before Danso would be subbed out, he would find himself with a free header from about 15 yards out, only to sail the ball above the crossbar. Later in the second half, Freshman Sean Grisham should have put the game away when he was found free in the box, only to strike just past the post.
Moments before the end, Covenant College would take a short corner, and the cross would end up in the back of the net and beat Sophomore, GK, Eric Ati. The goal would come in the 89th minute, with just 47 seconds left. The game would go into overtime, and in the first three minutes, Futty would look to send the Scots home, but would be denied by the woodwork from close range.
After two scoreless overtime period, the game would end up 1-1 with the Scots only having two shots on goal. The Hornets move to 3-1-1 and will be looking to get back on winning ways, when they face the University of Cumberlands in KY this weekend.
"This is a very disappointing result for us. When you hold a team to just two shots on goal for ninety minutes, you expect to win. But, when you cannot finish numerous chances and are competing against a team with tons of heart, like Covenant, you get what you deserve," said Coach Momeni.