Saturday October 12th
Southern Poly came into today’s game recording three clean sheets in their last three games and four for the season. They would be determined to continue their winning ways for the season, and looked to record their eight victory, whilst continuing their unbeaten run. Today’s opponents would be Faulkner University who would come into the game with a record of 4-5 and yet to record a SSAC win.
Southern Poly had several chances the first half. Their best effort came from Freshman Emeka Maduka, who should have taken his tally to 7 for the season. A through ball from Kouami D’Almeida led to a one-on-one, which was saved by the Faulkner keeper, one of the recorded 10 saves for the day. Another chance from substitute Jack Skinner nearly had a dramatic entrance into the game, but his volley just went over the bar. Southern Poly would continue to pile on the pressure throughout the first half, but could not find the deserved opening goal.
The second half would see Southern Poly again create lots more chances, but great saves from Austin White kept the Eagles in the game. On the 65th minute mark, Emeka Maduka should have found the back of net, but the young freshman was denied by a great save by White. He brushed by two defenders, only to see his curling far post shot, touched by the post. It would take the Hornets up to the 83rd minute before breaking the deadlock. A through ball from Senior Felipe Lopez, found Sophomore Diego Nicholson who whipped in a great ball to the back post. Sophomore Kouami D’Almeida found the back of the net with a diving header, his third of the season.
The final score would end up 1-0, with Southern Poly recording their fifth clean sheet on the season (4 in a row), and take their overall record to 8-0-1 and 3-0 in the Conference.
“It was a good performance by us today. We got 11 shots on goal and had 11 corner kicks. I am disappointed in our inability to finish," said Head Coach Kom Momeni. “We were defensively sound, once again, and the back five of Eric Ati, Sean Grisham, Marcos Mendez, Stephen Herget and Matt Wood all have been solid. This has been a big reason for our success this season."