Hornets 0- Bryan College 1Wednesday September 8, 2010
Southern Poly suffered its first regular-season loss in nearly two years Wednesday
as the eighth-ranked Hornets fell to Bryan College 1-0 at Nuesoft Technologies Field.
Ricky Angel's goal with 1:48 remaining in the first half was all the scoring that Bryan needed to end a Southern Poly streak that began after its last regular-season loss, a 4-2 setback against Auburn Montgomery on Oct. 8, 2008.
It was another example of the scoring woes the Hornets (2-1-2) have experienced so far in the young season. Aside from its 11-0 rout of Atlanta Christian, Southern Poly has scored just two goals in its four other games.
"We just couldn't score," Southern Poly coach Kom Momeni said. "We had numerous, numerous opportunities, but we just couldn't put the ball in the goal. We played a good match, we've been playing good soccer, but the ball just isn't going in the goal for us."
Southern Poly had its chances early in the game as Emeka Maduka nailed a shot that went over the goal and Kouami d'Almeida's attempt was grabbed by Bryan goalkeeper Rodrigo Pigatto.
Bryan had an early chance to take the lead when Harry Sherwood was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled in the 17th minute of the game, but his attempt was stopped by a diving save from Southern Poly goalkeeper Eric Ati.
The Lions had another scoring opportunity about 2 minutes later, but Johannes Muller's shot was blocked by a couple of Hornet defenders.
Southern Poly went on the attack again, but had three more scoring attempts fall short, one from Maduka and a pair by Marcos Mendoza.
After that, it was all Bryan for the rest of the first half as the Lions managed three more shots on goal, culminating with Angel's successful kick past Ati.
Southern Poly nearly tied the game early in the second half, but Mendoza's shot in the 47th minute was stopped on a diving save by Pigatto.
A little more than 20 minutes later, the Hornets drove deep into Bryan territory once again, but Mendoza's shot, and attempts by Christian Castillo and Sean Grisham, were blocked by Lion defenders.
Southern Poly had still more shot attempts fall short towards the end of the game, with Stephen Herget's header deflected by Pigatto and Daniel Oyugah's shot sailing over the goal.
Southern Poly doesn't return to action until Sept. 17, a game at the University of Mobile, giving Momeni and his players plenty of time to solve their scoring woes.
"The next five to six practices, we are going to focus on scoring. We're going to work on putting the ball in the goal. We have been scored on twice this season. Once on a PK with :02 second on the clock and once, today, on a deflection goal. We are defending well. We just need to find the back of the net," added a disappointed Momeni.