Wednesday September 30th
The Hornets came into today’s match ranked 10th in the Nation, for a second week in a row. With a 5-0-1 record, the Men’s Soccer Team was looking to get their second home victory of the 2009 season against Trevecca Nazarene University. They exploded in the second half with seven goals and upped their record to 6-0-1.
Southern Poly had some good looks on goal in the first half with attempts from forwards, Emeka Maduka and Sophomore, Rani Alkoptan, but the Trojans goalkeeper pulled off a couple of great saves. The Hornets recorded 4 shots on goal in the first half and had numerous corners. However, they couldn’t find the back of the net. This would all change in the second half.
In the 47th minute, Center Back, Marcos Mendez recorded his second goal of the season with a calm and collected volley into the roof of the net, which initially started from a corner kick by Freshman, Jack Skinner. The Hornet’s would continue to press the Trojan’s back line and in the 60th minute they doubled their lead. Senior, Felipe Lopez (3 goals, 5 assists) sent a brilliant flighted ball into the box. Center Back, Stephen Herget would rise above the Trojan’s defense and headed the ball into the top left corner of the net. This would be his first goal of the year.
The Hornets were not done yet. Within a minute of the restart, a great combination between Sophomore, Kouami D’Almeida, Maduka and Skinner would result in the young Skinner recording his first assist of the season, as he found a delighted Maduka open in the box to slot home into the back of the net.
Maduka was out to prove a point. Prior to this game, he had three goals with two game winners, both coming in Conference play, and he would record the fastest Hat-trick in SPSU Soccer history. Southern Poly’s fourth goal and Maduka’s second came in the 68th and his Hat-trick was completed two minutes later in the 70th. “We would like our forwards to lead the conference in goals. Since the start of the program we have done this with now-pro Mamadou Danso, so it’s only an example that others follow. Emeka has played well for us this season, but hopefully now he will know what it takes to be a top player in our Conference, and most importantly our team,” said Head Coach Kom Momeni.
The game would not finish at 5-0, there was still time for substitute, Senior, Henning Blenkle to add his say and with two calm and collected finishes inside the box.
“We had some great all round performances today. When a visiting team comes in and does not record one shot on target, I cannot complain. This was the best all around performance of the year. We held a good team to zero shots on goal and had seven of our own,” said a happy Coach Momeni.
The Hornets take to the road, one more time, with an away match at Berry College on Friday Oct. 2nd at Berry.