Saturday October 17
Southern Poly came into today’s game with an overall record of 8-0-1 and 3-0 in the SSAC. They have been impressive in their last four games recording four wins (2 SSAC wins), four clean sheets and scoring 10 goals. Today they looked to continue their winning streak against visiting Emmanuel College who were 2-4-3 and 0-3-1 in the SSAC.
The home team got off to a great start when a whipped in corner from Senior, and Conference assist leader, Felipe Lopez found Freshman, Emeka Maduka, who volley home neatly from six yards out. This would prove to be the game winner for the young Nigerian forward, and his third for the season, all of which coming in the SSAC. The second goal would come before the second half when Senior Scott Anderson, who has been instrumental throughout the season for the Hornets, found Sophomore Sean Grisham at the edge of the box. Grisham who scored five goals his first season got off the mark today, and he did so in style. He controlled the ball well and rifled a shot upper ninety scoring his first of the season and Southern Poly’s second of the match.
It was another clean sheet for GK Eric Ati, who was also celebrating his birthday, and recorded his sixth shut out of the season. He came off early in the second half, allowing Junior, GK, Ryan Black to finish the game. “Eric has been solid for us all year round, but it’s not just been him. The whole team has been defensively sound from top to bottom. It’s becoming an exciting year and we hope this will continue throughout the remainder of the season,” said Head Coach Kom Momeni.
The Hornet’s were not done at two, and both seniors would combine to cap off another great victory for the home side. Lopez would receive the ball wide left; find Scott Anderson at the edge of the box, who struck home a wonderful effort. This would be Lopez’s eighth assist of the year, keeping him at the top of the SSAC leader board. This would be Anderson’s fifth goal of the season and he remains top of the SSAC charts in game winning goals tied with Maduka. “Being a senior you have to help lead your team both on and off the field, and both Felipe and Scott do this. The both have great GPA’s and have done a fantastic job on the field. They are going to be very hard to replace, but this is part and parcel of college soccer”, Momeni added after the game.
Southern Poly would end the game 3-0, improving their record to 9-0-1 and 4-0 in the SSAC. They have now not conceded a goal for over 471 minutes, a quite remarkable achievement.