November 10, 2011
The Southern Poly Men's Soccer team took one more step towards an SSAC Tournament Championship with a 3-0 victory over Belhaven University. With the win, the Hornets move into a second straight tournament final appearance and an overall 15-2-1 record. They will be playing Auburn University of Montgomery, who earlier in the day beat University of Mobile 3-2 in double OT.
Playing each other in the SSAC Tournament semi-final for a second straight year, the Hornets got off to a very shaky start. The Belhaven side created two very good chances within the first twelve minutes of the play. "Dennis (SPSU GK) came up with some massive saves early in the match to secure a shutout," said Hornet Head Coach Kom Momeni. On each play, a Blazer attacking player broke free through midfield and had a free look on goal. Kramer would end the match with six saves, none as dramatic than the first two.
However, the Hornets would settle in and get the first goal of the match at the 30 minute mark. The game winner would come off the head of Emeka Maduka, who just the night before was named 1st Team All-Conference for the third time. The assist was given to Sophomore Defender, Gabe Warner, who whipped in a great ball from the left hand side.
The second half started much like the first with Belhaven having much of the play. Again, it was a goal that swung all the momentum the opposite way. This time it was off the foot of Jumol Harewood at the 52nd minute. Eight minutes later, Harewood would score his second of the contest and team leading 13th goal. His second goal was assisted by Sophomore Center Midfielder, Juan Henoa. His first goal was unassisted as his free kick hit the wall and went by the Blazers GK.
The Hornets defense was led by All-Conference Center Back, Marcos Mendez, who helped keep the Blazers to a shutout. "Our Backs played well tonight. Belhaven is a very good attacking team and we bent, but didn't break," said Momeni.