Saturday September 12th
The #18 Ranked Southern Poly Men's Soccer Team won it's 2009 Home Opener against Lincoln Memorial University 2-1 in overtime. It was the second match in a row that the Hornets went into overtime and came out victorious.
The first half was a bit sloppy as both teams were feeling each other out. The visiting Railsplitters left much space in behind their back line, where the Hornets almost took advantage at the 40 minute mark. Sophomore, Kouami d'Almeida, had a 1 v 1 with the LMU GK, but hit the crossbar. "I think that this gave us some confidence. After that point, we went forward pretty well," said Head Coach Kom Momeni.
The second half started with SPSU, Defender, Marcos Mendez scoring at the 48 minutes mark. After a SPSU corner kick was cleared. Mendez picked up a free ball twenty yards from goal. He struck the ball to the far post, where it hit the frame and went in the back of the net.
The Railsplitters answered with a goal of their own only 12 minutes later. Brito Martins quickly combined with a fellow midfielder who caught the Hornets out of position. Brito easily collected the ball and finished it to equalize the match.
It took the Hornets only five minutes into overtime to finish the match. SPSU GK, Eric Ati started the counter attack when he came off his line and grabbed a through ball. He found d'Almeida, who passed to Midfielder, Chris Szalwinski, who passed it one time to a streaking Felipe Lopez. Lopez touched it once and blasted far post for the winner. It was his second goal of the year. "It was a classic counter attack where it went from box to box with only the finisher touching it more than once. It was three passes and a goal," said a delighted Coach Momeni.
The Hornets are 4-0-0 and play on Friday September 18th at Savannah College of Art and Design. Kick off is set for 7pm.