Wednesday October 28th
Southern Poly went into their final home Conference match with an impressive 11-0-1 record and an SSAC record of 6-0. They had only conceded 1 goal in their previous 6 Conference matches and were looking to improve on this record. Their opponents, Southern Wesleyan University, came into the game with an overall record of 6-6-2.
It was a big Conference match and Southern Wesleyan would come out to make the Hornets fight for a win. Both teams were physical and would create good chances in front of the net.
The Hornets would get off the mark in the 38th minute. Sean Grisham got to the by-line and his cut-back would find midfielder Diego Nicholson. Nicholson struck a good shot and it was parried by the Wesleyan keeper. The ball found its way to Freshman and Conference leading scorer, Emeka Maduka who curled a beautiful ball into the far corner form the edge of the box. This would take his tally to 11 for the season, and would prove to be the decisive goal in this match. It would also be his 5th game winner in the Conference, and increase on his already impressive tally.
The Hornet’s had several chances in the second half for an insurance goal, but could not capitalize on any of them. SWU GK, Leonardo Berenguel would make multiple saves in the second half and the Hornet’s attacking players would be sloppy in front of the goal. SPSU GK, Eric Ati who would help them win the game as he recorded his 8th clean sheet of the season and pulled off a close range save with seven minutes left.
After the game, Head Coach Kom Momeni expressed his delight on winning his first Conference Title as a Head Coach. “It’s been an incredible year for us. To only concede one goal in the Conference and win all our matches is something I’m really proud of. Once again Emeka scored the opening goal and I’m happy he’s settled into our style of play. As for our back line and solid midfield, they continue to impress us and get the job done.”