Hornets win a thriller, 2-1 (OT), against Trevecca Nazarene University
September, 6th 2008
Southern Poly Hornets went on the road for their second week in a row, where they would remain unbeaten for the season. The Hornets would out-shoot their opponents Trevecca Nazarene University nineteen shots on goal to five, and win in overtime 2-1
The Hornets started strong in the match, and within thirty seconds nearly took the lead. They mounted attack after attack but could not seem to break the dead lock. In the 23rd minute, left back Sean Grisham would find an open Mamadou Danso, who would be brought down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Danso stepped up, and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it one-zero.
As the match continued, the Hornets would look to extend their lead, but the Trojan’s keeper would make some fantastic saves, and minutes before half time, Southern Poly would give away a penalty kick. Keeper Eric Ati guessed the right way, but Captain Mark Foster would equalize from the spot and sent the Trojan fans into hysteria.
The Hornets continued their dominance in the second half, but again failed to convert easy chances. A phenomenal shot by Captain, Jeff Paffenback was superbly tipped over the bar, followed by a quality James Grant strike which was denied as well. Mamadou Danso would also have two one on ones saved, and it looked like TNU Freshman GK, Hayden Coffman would stop the Hornets all day. However, in first period of overtime, seven minutes in, a superb cross from Senior, James Grant, found Mamadou Danso in the box, who powered a header past Coffman, to send the Hornets home with the victory. This was the second game winning goal for Danso in as many matches.
Freshman Hayden Coffman, goalkeeper for the Trojans, made some unbelievable saves in the game. “If not for him, we would not have gone into overtime” said coach Momeni. “We had some great performances tonight, Sean Grisham and Scott Anderson at the back were solid, and offensively James Grant was very influential”.
Mamadou Danso would increase his tally to six goals in just two games, and considering he has played just over sixty minutes in both games is looking to break some records for the Hornets. SPSU takes on Shorter this upcoming Wednesday, 10th September, as they look to win their second Conference game.