Sunday November 14
After playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, the Southern Polytechnic State University Men's Soccer team travels to Columbia, KY to take on NAIA Powerhouse, Lindsey Wilson College in the 2010 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round. This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides, and is truly a "David vs Goliath" scenario. The match will be played at 4pm at Walter S. Reuling Stadium.
The Blue Raiders from Lindsey Wilson are one of the most dominate Men's Soccer programs in all of college soccer. The Hornets from SPSU are four years old. LWC has made 17 straight National Tournaments, while the Hornets have made two. LWC has won eight National Championships. The Hornets have yet to win a conference tournament, but have won the regular season back to back years. LWC's overall record in National Tournament play is 40-9-4, while the Hornets are 1-1. The Blue Raiders, under Coach Ray Wells are 386-63-21 (.844), while SPSU is 45-19-5 (.688).
However, there is some history between the programs...strange as it may be. SPSU Head Coach, Kom Momeni served as the First Assistant at Coastal Carolina University from 2002-2006. During that time, five Lindsey Wilson players transferred to Coastal Carolina and helped the Chanticleers to four straight NCAA D. 1 tournament appearances. "The guys who came over from Lindsey were all great kids and players. Four of them ended up playing pro. My Assistant Coaches' resume wouldn't be the same without Ray Wells. I guess he helped me get the job here at Southern Poly," said Kom Momeni jokingly.
LWC is the #6 seed in the National Tournament with a 15-3-1 record, while the Hornets go into the tournament unseeded at 11-4-3. Both teams lost in their Conference Tournament final 2-0. SPSU lost to #7 Mobile, and the Raiders lost to #1 Rio Grande.
"We are happy to be in the National Tournament and will put our best foot forward on Saturday," said Momeni.