October 25, 2011
In a very important SSAC matchup between nationally ranked #15 Southern Poly and the Southern Wesleyan Warriors, it took Southern Poly 11 minutes to score and they never looked back from there. Seniors Sean Grisham and Jumol Harewood combine for three goals in less than 18 minutes to put Southern Poly on top and that would be enough to secure the victory.
At just past 11 minutes into the game, Senior Chris Szlawinski picked up a ball ten yards inside his own half. He drove a ball to Junoir Emeka Maduka who flicked it beyond the back line to an oncoming Grisham. Grisham calmly collected it from about 25 yards and once just inside the box hit a left footed blast to the far upper corner. The goal was Grisham’s sixth on the season and an important way for Southern Poly to open. Seven minutes later Junior Andre Santos picked up a loose ball in midfield and found a streaking Grisham again beyond the back line. Grisham took two touches to control the ball and when the Warrior keeper came out, Grisham slid the ball to the far corner from 20 yards out, totaling his goal tally to seven on the year.
The team celebrating Grisham's first goal of the game.
It would take just eleven more minutes for Southern Poly to strike again. After the ball was cleared from Southern Wesleyan’s penalty area, it was handled by a Warrior midfielder about 30 yards from goal. Harewood, Southern Poly’s leading scorer on the year, stepped up and struck a ball that deflected off the defensive wall and into the far corner. The goal was Harewood’s tenth on the year. Southern Poly would go into halftime with a 3-0 lead and the confidence from a dominating half of soccer.
"It's great to see Sean get back to the form he had last year. He was a special player tonight. As a matter of fact, many of our players performed well. It was a good win for us, as we wrapped up the regular season away schedule," said SPSU Coach, Kom Momeni.
The second half would start off slow before the Warriors would pick up a penalty. After a free kick from 40 yards was half cleared and the rebound put back into the box from a Warrior midfielder, one of the forwards backed in on Senior Diego Nicholson and cheaply fell when his touch went to another defender. The penalty would be converted and narrow the margin to two goals. Southern Poly would keep up their dominating performance however, and unfortunately miss four different point blank chances with just the Hornet attacker and the Warrior goalkeeper.
Southern Poly wouldn’t need it though as they would hold on for the 3-1 victory. The win improves their record to 12-2 on the season, 8-2 in the very tough SSAC Conference.
Southern Poly will host Shorter College on Saturday October 29th and celebrate Senior Day at Nuesoft Technologies Field. Southern Poly will thank Seniors Rani Alkoptan, Jumol Harewood, Sean Grisham, Marcos Mendez, Diego Nicholson and Chris Szlawinski. The match will begin at 2pm, while the Seniors will be thanked just before.