Freshman Adis Islamovic scored twice for the Hornets in the victory.
MARIETTA, Ga. – After playing three straight Southern States Athletic Conference games on the road, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer squad captured a 6-1 victory over the visiting Brewton-Parker College Barons on Wednesday afternoon in a SSAC match at Nuesoft Technologies Field. Southern Polytechnic, which is ranked No. 10 nationally in this week’s NAIA coaches’ poll, has now won at least 10 games in each of the past five seasons.
“I am very happy to get a conference win,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “I thought we had much of the game and we struggled to finish in the first half, but we finished some really nice goals in the second half.”
Brewton-Parker opened the scoring in the 13th minute (12:12) before the Hornets rattled off six unanswered goals. SPSU senior forward Emeka Maduka tied the contest on an assist from junior defender Gabe Warner in the 32nd minute (31:30) and the score was tied, 1-1, at halftime. Southern Poly took control early in the second half, scoring three times in less than six minutes. Junior midfielder Juan Henao tallied the game-winning goal off an assist by Maduka just 50 seconds (45:50) into the second period and that was followed by a pair of goals by freshman midfielder Adis Islamovic, the first on a direct kick in the 55th minute (54:25) and the second off an assist by sophomore defender Harry McGregor 76 seconds later (55:41), giving the hosts a 4-1 lead. Sophomore forward Avery Shepard concluded the scoring with goals in the 86th (85:17) and 88th (87:12) minutes. Junior defender Chase Sullivan assisted on Shepard’s first goal and Maduka on the second.
“I thought Adis’ goals really broke their back and then after that it gave us an opportunity to put some reserves in and see some of our younger guys play,” Momeni said. “So all around, it was very good.
“We had a really good crowd and really beautiful day. It was certainly nice to play at home and have a little bit of the breather, sort of speak.”
The Hornets outshot the Barons 22-4, including 13-2 in the first half. SPSU took 13 shots on goal to the guests’ three. Southern Poly topped BPC in corner kicks 11-1.
Senior Dennis Kramer played the first 77-plus minutes in goal for the Hornets and made two saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Vincent Easterbrook took over down the stretch and did not have any saves.
SPSU moves to 10-3-0 overall and 6-2-0 in the SSAC while Brewton-Parker is 3-12-1 overall, including 0-9-0 in conference play. Southern Poly travels to face the Emmanuel College Lions in a SSAC match this Saturday. The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Ga.