Wednesday September 23
This time last year, SPSU lost at home to conference rivals Shorter College, however, this year they were determined to be on the winning side and it would prove to be a difficult one.
The Hornets went into today’s game unbeaten with a record of 4-0-1, while the Hawks from Shorter College were 4-3.
The Hornets got off to a decent start opening the Hawk’s defense but both freshmen Emeka Maduka and Sophomore, Kouami d’Almeida could not find the back of the net within the first 15 minutes. Shorter looked to threaten through the air, but could not create any clear cut chances.
The deadlock would be broken when Sophomore, Matt Wood, claiming his first assist of the year, and Maduka would combine to give the Hornets a crucial early goal. Wood composed himself at the back and played a great ball in behind the defense and Maduka still had a lot to do. He out ran the Hawk’s defense and stroked the ball home from 20 yards. It was his third goal of the season and second conference game winner.
The game would see Shorter enjoy lots of possession but the Hornets would look to counter. Opportunities from Conference point leader, Felipe Lopez, would go astray and Freshmen, Jack Skinner, also had a chance of notching his first goal of the campaign.
The game would end a little sloppy from Southern Poly, but “A win’s a win” said a delighted Head Coach Kom Momeni. “We worked relatively hard, but a little frantic at times. I will take an ugly win any day”.
“We had several good looks on goal and just need to finish. We put so pressure on our backs when we are only leading by one goal. If we had tucked away any one of our other 4 or 5 very good chances, things would have been much easier,” added Momeni.
The Hornet’s face fellow Conference opponent’s Emmanuel College this Saturday at 4PM and they look to extend their unbeaten run to 7 games.