Thursday October 22nd
Southern Poly came into today’s game with a record of 9-0-1, 4-0 in the SSAC and with five clean sheets in their last five games. Their opponents, Auburn Montgomery, would come up into today’s game 8-2-2 and with a 5-0 record in the SSAC.
Southern Poly, in their short tenure, has yet to beat their conference rivals, but today that would change. The Hornets came out gun’s blazing and scored within two minutes. A great ball from Senior, Felipe Lopez (9 assists for the season and SSAC assist leader), found Freshmen, Emeka Maduka who slotted the ball past the keeper for his 8th of the season. AUM looked to get back into the match, but keeper Eric Ati looked superb in goals. He saved the ball from AUM’s, Yuki Kariya, which looked liked it was going into the top corner. There wasn’t much action for both sides the first half, but Sophomore Kouami D’Almeida could have put his name on the score sheet just before the half. Lopez ran down the right hand side, cut the ball back, Maduka dummied the ball, but D’Almeida could not find the back of the net.
The second half saw a recharged Hornet’s pumped and ready to play. The second goal of the contest, which proved to be the game winner, saw Chris Szalwinski pounce on an un-cleared ball in the AUM penalty area. He then had the delicate touch and skill to chip the cheaper with a header and put the Hornets up 2-0. This was Szalwinski’s first collegiate goal. The scoring was not done yet with Maduka finishing the game off in style. He found a lose ball at the back, rounded the keeper, then cut the ball back, and fired in off the far post. He scored two for the day and was instrumental in the Hornets victory.
The Hornets romp was slightly hindered at the end when a corner found AUM player, Kristjan Sveinsson, who notched the lone goal for AUM. The Hornets improved their record to 10-0-1 and 5-0 in the Conference.
“There were some key performances today most noticeably from our forward Maduka and our Keeper Ati. Today we really took our program to the next level. I’m extremely proud of our program”, added Head coach Kom Momeni after the game.