November 1, 2008
The Hornets came into their last game of the season on a five game winning streak and looked to get another win before their first ever Conference Tournament game. Southern Poly have been performing very well of late, conceding just three goals and scoring 22 in the last five matches. Thomas University came into the game 7-8-1, whilst the Hornets came in with a superior record of 11-4-1.
The Hornets came out looking both sharp and determined to pick up the win. The first five minutes Southern Poly looked tired from the four hour bus journey, but then it became a one team battle. SPSU were moving the ball around from back to front and combining in behind Thomas’s defense, and within fifteen minutes broke the deadlock. Freshman, Bilal “Bo” Adams found the ball wide on the left and with some neat trickery and strength found time to serve the ball in the box. Freshman, Kouami D'Almeida received the service and turned his man, and smacked the ball home to give the Hornets a much deserved 1-0 lead.
It wouldn’t be long before they would get the second, when a corner from freshman Sean Grisham found an awaiting Mamadou Danso to head in his first of two for the day, and his 18th of the season. The Hornets would continue to enforce their presence on the game and ten minutes later, from a short corner and great service from the James Grant, Danso again headed the ball into the roof of the net, claiming his 19th goal of the season. 3-0 Hornets and they were not done yet.
SPSU was on its way to finishing a great season and Emmanuel Elomobor found himself free in the box. His first two shots were blocked by the Thomas University Goal Keeper, but his third would find the back of the net making it 4-0 in the first half.
The start of the second half saw a whole new back line and all of the 25 men traveling squad seeing time on the field. Key players such as Mamadou Danso were rested along with James Grant, Diego Nicholson, keeper Eric Ati and more. They would still record over 10 more shots but fail to increase the score. One mistake at the back, would lead to the Night Hawks salvaging something from the game, but nothing more than a consolation goal.
The Hornets would increase their record to 12-4-1 and this Saturday will be playing in the opening game of the Conference Tournament at home. Their opponents will be determined this Wednesday when Reinhardt College hosts Lee University.