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2009 Year in Review

SPSU 2009 Year in Review

It was a banner year for the 2009 Southern Poly Men’s Soccer Team.  A year of many firsts and improvements from an already top notch first two years.  A season that future teams will look back upon and use as the benchmark for success both as individuals and as a team.

The 2009 Southern Poly team achieved what many teams can only dream about during the regular season.  They went undefeated with a record of 12-0-1.  Their only draw coming from an away match with SCAD which ended 2-2.  The 12 victories and one draw saw the Southern Poly Hornets set a few unprecedented benchmarks.  Firstly, they never trailed a game the entire regular season.  It was not until the semifinals of the SSAC Tournament did they then go behind for the first time.  Secondly, they set a program record of 9 shutouts during these 13 games.  Finishing the season #2 in the NAIA for shutouts per game and #4 in total shutouts.  During their run, they outscored teams with 33 goals for and only 8 against.  In the SSAC they outscored teams 12-1.  Allowing only one goal in seven SSAC conference games. 

The 2009 Hornets also saw a benchmark set for individual achievements.  They had an NAIA All-American, the SSAC Coach of the Year, the SSAC Newcomer of the Year, five players were named to the 13 man SSAC All-Conference 1st team, one the SSAC All-Conference 2nd team, five players were also named to the SSAC All-Academic Team and one to the SSAC Champion of Character team.  The Hornets had the SSAC’s top goal scorer and the leader in assists.  They had players rank #1 in the conference for points per game, goals per game, assists per game, and were #1 and  #2 in game winning goals.

In the post-season, the Hornets lost in the semi-finals of the SSAC tournament.  The furthest the program has ever gone in the tournament.  They were the #1 seed throughout the tourney and hosted both the 1st Round and the semifinals.  They got a #8 seed in the 32 team NAIA National Tournament and hosted the 1st Round of the NAIA National Championship winning 1-0.  They traveled to Fresno, California with the other top 15 teams in the country.  The Hornets lost the Round of 16 game setting a new program best for the National Tournament.