Hornets 3 - Lee University 2
October 16, 2010
Southern Poly Improves to 3-0 in SSAC with Comeback Win Over Rival Lee
After trailing by a goal in both the first and second halves, Southern Poly fought their way back and earned a 3-2 SSAC Conference win against rival Lee University. The win moves Southern Poly to 6-3-2 on the season and 3-0 in the SSAC, which puts them in first place.
On a day when Dobbins Air Force Base put on an Air Show featuring the world famous Blue Angles, another great show was being played at Nuesoft Technologies on the campus of Southern Poly, two miles away from the Air Force Base. “This was one of the most exciting games played here on our campus. Both teams played their hearts out and we were fortunate to get the result,” said Hornet Head Coach Kom Momeni.
Lee University opened the scoring in the 30th minute when a mis-clearance found the foot of the Lee forward who shot it far post for the lead. Trailing 1-0, Southern Poly continued to apply great pressure outshooting the Flames 10-3 in the half. The second half scoring opened when SPSU Senior, Christian Castillo, picked up a loose ball, after a soft header from an Lee University back, about 8 yards out and volleyed it into the net to tie the game at one.
Lee fought back and scored shortly after when a shot from 15 yards deflected off a Southern Poly defender and past Senior, Goalkeeper Eric Ati, giving Lee their second goal in as many shots on target. Just as quick as Lee took the lead, Southern Poly equalized when Junior, Sean Grisham, served a ball from the left flank. Junior, Rani Alkoptan, headed it towards goal for Junior, Diego Nicholson, to flick on past the Lee keeper, tying the score at 2-2.
With 12 minutes left, Southern Poly took the lead for good as Castillo slipped a ball beyond the back line of Lee for Senior, Daniel Oyugah who streaked by three defenders to give a one touch service that found the head of Sophomore, Marcos Mendez for the game winner. “The celebration than ensued was proof of the hard work these boys put in and how deserving they were to get a result” said Momeni. “This has been such a strange year for us, as we have been giving up soft goals and missing easy chances the entire time. We held a good Lee side to one shot on goal all half (2nd) and it still found the back of the net, even thought it hit our center back in the chest. We have been shutting down teams all year long and have given up game winning goals in such fashion. To get a win after doing it, yet again, shows lots of heart and character.” In fact, two out of the three game winners against the Hornets have been deflection goals.
Southern Poly is on the road Wednesday October 20th facing Oakwood University from Huntsville, Alabama. Their next home game is Senior Day Saturday October 23rd.