Saturday October 24th
Mount Vernon, GA
The Hornets came out to win their first ever Regular Season Conference Championship. With a 2-0 victory at Brewton Parker College, they did just that; and in their third year of existence. They came into today’s game with a record of 10-0-1, SSAC 5-0 and off the back of a great win against AUM. Southern Poly had only conceded one goal in the Conference and they wanted to improve on their record.
Seven minutes into the game, the young Nigerian Freshmen, Emeka Maduka, scored the game winner. A great ball in behind the Barons defense, and a superb individual goal by Maduka put the Hornet’s 1-0 up. Sophomore, Midfielder, Diego Nicholson played a great ball in behind the defense, but Maduka still had a lot to do. He outran two defenders and delicately beat the goalkeeper, passing the ball into the back of the net. This was Maduka’s 10th goal of the season and his fourth game winner (all of which coming in the SSAC). Southern Poly would create several chances in the first half, but they could not find the crucial second goal they needed.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Southern Poly side and within 10 minutes of the restart, Sophomore Kouami D’Almeida extended their lead. He picked up a scrappy ball in the Baron’s 18 yard box, but still had a lot to do. He beat two defenders and coolly slotted the ball past the Brewton Parker keeper.
Southern Poly would win the game 2-0 and extend their unbeaten record to 11-0-1 and 6-0 in the Conference. “Winning today put us as the first seed in the conference tournament...that is it. Our goal at the beginning year was to go to the National Tournament”, said Head Coach Kom Momeni after their Conference Title win.