September 11, 2008
Southern Poly came in to the game clocking over sixty shots in just their first two matches. They would notch up eight shots on goal in the first half alone and could have easily been up one or two before the break, but Mamadou Danso could not put his chances away.
Against the run of play, Shorter College took advantage of some poor defending and scored a free header from a resulting corner after the twenty minute mark. Southern Poly then applied tones of pressure and thirty minutes into the game got the equalizer when Mamadou Danso beat the Hawk defense and whipped the ball in to find senior James Grant open in the middle to put the ball in the back of the net.
The second half would be a totally different ball game however. The Hornets came out slowly and showed a lack of energy and within ten minutes found themselves a goal behind. Southern Poly had a penalty claim dismissed and a lack of concentration led to a silly mistake from Sophomore defender Stephen Herget , and a thankful Hawk forward was left with all the space in the world to put Shorter up two to one.
Quickly after the ensuing kick off, the Hornets squandered another two great chances. One from Mamadou Danso, who missed an easy header, alone with the GK. The second from Senior Forward, Dan Brown, who found himself all alone and shot the ball too high from about 15 yards out.
From then on, there was only one team in it. The Hornets gave up and before they knew it another mistake at the back from Claudin Siakam put the visitor’s clear sailing to an away victory. The game would end up 4-1 to Shorter College and Southern Poly would suffer their first loss of the season.
“We had a good first half. We looked sharp and personally, I thought we would be more competitive. The boys showed poor character and no spirit on the field. Saturday will be a totally different Hornets line up,” said a dismayed, Coach Kom Momeni.
The Hornets will be at home this Saturday to face the number thirteen team in the country, Lee University, at 5pm.