September 20, 2008
The Hornets traveled to Kentucky to face the University of Cumberlands, who were 4-2-1 going into the match.
The Patriots were quick to cause problems for the Hornets defense and were having some success combining pass the SPSU midfield. The Hornets would apply some pressure and create a couple of chances of their own, however, the final pass would leave a lot to be desired.
Sophomore keeper, Eric Ati, pulled off a phenomenal save midway into the first half, which would be his only difficult save in the half. The Patriots GK got into the action as well, saving a curling free-kick from Mamadou "Futty" Danso, which would result in the biggest, chance for SPSU all game. A great corner from Senior James Grant missed the head of Danso, but found Sophomore Stephen Herget back post, who could not react quickly enough a blasted over the bar from 2 yards out.
The second half would see a rejuvenated Cumberlands side. They would create some more good chances and on the 67th minute would find their opener. Defender Tristan Butcher would bring down Luis Souza-Marcelo in the penalty box. Taking the penalty kick, he would send Ati the wrong way, to put the Patriots up 1-0. Just four minutes later, a somewhat shocked SPSU allowed Cumberlands' midfield time and space to combine in behind them, and make it 2-0.
Southern Poly was not out by any means. They created a couple of great chances, but could not put them away. Danso was brought down in the box, and that could have made the game interesting in the last fifteen minutes.
“It was a soft PK and after speaking to the referee I felt he influenced the game. We had a strong PK claim later on the match, and I was disappointed when he did not award us one, when Futty was brought down. They were, by far, the better side and deserved to win, but when calls decide the match, the result becomes harder to swallow”, said Coach Momeni. "Their individual technical ability was the difference in the match. Their midfield just outplayed ours".
The Hornets will be back this Wednesday, trying to break their two-game winless streak, at 5:00pm against Milligan, at Nuesoft Technologies Field.