April 25, 2009
The Hornets end their spring campaign with a 2-0-1 record at their our Invitational. The Southern Poly/Stanno Spring Invitational saw eight different teams, from five different conferences, gathered to play 45 minute matches. Each team played three matches throughout the day.
The Hornets opened up with a 0-0 draw against Clayton Sate University. Each team created good chances with some high drama! With 12 minutes left in the match, a Clayton State goal was disallowed because of a high kick call in the box. Minutes later, SPSU Mid-fielder, Felipe Lopez, beat the GK and it the cross bar with a long range shot. With 20 second left on the clock, Hornet Defender, Abdi Hassan took a 14 yard shot that was saved by the Clayton St. GK, who launched the ball quickly to his forward. The high bounce of the ball caused some confusion for the Hornet defense and a Clayton St. Forward got on the end of the ball. He fired a shot, on an empty net, with one second on the clock. The ball was cleared away by a diving Hornet defender to preserve the shutout.
Southern Poly's next match was against Emory University. The match was sluggish as both teams were battling the heat of a 3pm kickoff. The lone goal was scored on a set piece by Lopez. He bent the ball around the wall from about 19 yards out. Hornet GK, Ryan Black was credited for the shutout.
The final match of the day for SPSU saw a 1-0 victory against SSAC rivals, Shorter College. The Hornets scored within the first 5 minutes of the match. Lopez, again, came up big. He received the ball in midfield, quickly turned and slipped Freshman Forward, Kouami d'Almeida, in behind a flat Shorter back line. d'Almeida out ran the entire defense and beat the GK for the go a head goal.
The Hornets end the spring season by not allowing a single goal in any competition. They played nine different colleges and ended with a 7-0-2 spring record. They finish the 2008-2009 academic year with a 19-5-3 record.