September 13, 2011
In a Southern States Athletic Conference battle that matched up the #6 visiting Blazers from Belhaven University against the #5 Southern Poly Hornets, the difference was a simple mistake and outstanding play by the visiting Goalkeeper. The Blazers went to 4-0 on the year and the Hornets have a 6-1 record.
The lone goal was scored in the first half, by Tom Cosgrove, from a service from Alex Rodriguez. On the play, Rodriguez sent in a free kick from about 25 yards out. Hornet, GK, Jason Andrew went out to punch the ball and missed, throwing off the rest of his teammates who watched Cosgrove simply tap the ball in for the game winner. "Jason has been playing very well for us all year, and to see the game being decided the way it did makes us feel bad for him," said SPSU Head Coach Kom Momeni.
The second half saw a very determined home side put constant pressure on the opposing team. Within the first few seconds, good defending from Hornet, Forward, Jumol Harewood and Emeka Maduka resulted in a 1 v 1 situation with Harewood and Blazer GK, Greg Hartley. Harewood, with a full head of speed, beat Hartley, but hit the right post. Later, Hartley would deny Harewood from about eight yards out with a great one handed save. Moments later, Hartley would come up with two more fantastic saves that would seal the victory. The first one on a bending ball from Sophomore, Juan Henoa right on Harewood's head, and the other from a blast from about 18 yards out from Senior, Diego Nicholson. "The man of the match was their (Belhaven) Goalie," said Momeni. Harewood would get two more looks on goal before the match ended, both inside 12 yards out. "Jumol did everything but finish. He had four shots from 15 yards out, but couldn't put anything away. I hope he finds his stride soon, as we get into conference play," added Momeni. "This trend of outplaying teams and creating much more chances than them, but either beating them by one goal or losing is very unnerving."
Harewood leads the entire country in shots on goal (26), but only has six goals. The Hornets defense has only allowed 13 shots on goal the entire year. And three out of the four goals conceded have been on free kicks, and one of those has been an own goal. "Look at the stats. Just one of our players has doubled the entire shots on goal total against us all year. And we are only winning by one goal most of the time. Things must change." said a frustrated Momeni.
Southern Poly tries to get back to their winning ways on Sunday September 18 against SSAC opponent Spring Hill at home at 3pm.