Southern Poly Blanks Truett-McConnell 4-0
October 11, 2011
Senior Rani Alkoptan scoring his first goal of the game and season.
In a SSAC Conference match that featured the Hornets hosting the Bears from Truett-McConnell College, it took Southern Poly 30 minutes to get on the board and they never looked back. Senior Rani Alkoptan scored on his first touch of the game. Southern Poly would then add three more to secure the 4-0 victory. The win improves Southern Poly to 9-2 on the year.
The first half saw Southern Poly dominate play as they would create many scoring chances early. Junior Emeka Maduka and Senior Jumol Harewood would each have chances to score, but both were unable to get Southern Poly out to a lead. When Junior Andre Santos came off due to an injury, the substitute Alkoptan would take full advantage of his first touch. The senior would rise above the defense and head a corner kick from Senior Sean Grisham into the back of the net. The goal, Alkoptan's first of the season, would open the scoring. Minutes later, Harewood would add to his team leading tally as he picked up a deep cross from Junior Lesego Molemogi and cut inside to blast a powerful left footed shot past the keeper. The goal was Harewood's ninth on the season.
Alkoptan would strike again just before half as Freshman Kyle Billington slipped Grisham beyond the back line. Grisham would find Freshman Avery Shepard eight yards out and his shot was cleared off the line. Grisham would get up and find Alkpotan at the back post to make it 3-0. The goal was the second of the game and season for Alkoptan and Grisham's second assist for the game and fifth on the season.
The second half would see Alkoptan add to his already stellar performance and point total as he slipped Shepard through the back line 20 minutes into the half and this time Shepard wold make sure it hit the net. The goal was the freshman's second on the season and would be the final goal of the game. With the final score 4-0, Junior Goalkeeper Dennis Kramer would get his second consecutive win and second consecutive shutout.
Southern Poly travels to Lee University on Saturday October 15th to visit the always tough Flames. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7pm.