Hornets Lose 3-1 to Lee University in SSAC Conference Tournament PlayNovember 8, 2008
For the first time in their two year history, the Hornets hosted a SSAC Tournament match. They hosted #6 seed Lee University, who they defeated 4-0 in regular season play. “I think that we might have been a bit over confident. We came out and were very dangerous early. I think that we had six or seven corner kicks in the first half alone, said SPSU Head Coach Momeni. “We couldn’t capitalize on any off them and it came back to haunt us in the second half.”
The Hornets started off brightly and had some good looks in the first half. Sophomore GK, Eric Ati had just one save in the first half and kept the Hornets from going down a goal down. Mamadou “Futty” Danso was battling an injury and his header from Sean Grisham’s corner kick skimmed the top of the cross bar. SPSU looked liked they would go into the break up one goal, but Junior, Scott Anderson could not find the back of the net three seconds before half time. He found himself free inside the six yard box, and his diving header hit the inside of the post and nobody was there to put the ball in the back of the net as it went back across the goal line.
Lee came out in the second half much livelier, and within eight minutes had broken the deadlock. An error at the back allowed the Flames to take the lead on an SPSU own goal. Within 20 minutes the lead was doubled and the Hornets would have a lot to do if they wanted to get back into the game. With 17 minutes to go, the Hornets pulled back a goal with substitute Emmanuel “Manny” Elomobor smashing one home, from Danso’s assist. It would not be enough however. SPSU pushed three men up top, leaving spaces at the back, and Lee capitalized on more poor defending and the game would end in a 3-1 loss, only the fifth loss of the Hornet’s second season.
“We showed a lack of maturity in the second half and with five freshmen and four sophomores maybe you should expect that. We had four key injuries, but I don’t want to make excuses. We came out flat in the second half, and showed no heart. Lee University wanted it more and the scoreboard showed it”, said Coach Momeni.The Hornets finished their second season with a second place finish in the Southern States Athletic Conference and a 12-5-1 record. “The program is moving in the right direction and we are very excited about the future,” commented Coach Momeni. The overall record for the program is 20-13-3 (.597).