MARIETTA, Ga. – On Friday afternoon in the Southern States Athletic Conference opener for both teams, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer squad posted a 2-1 win over the visiting University of Mobile Rams at Nuesoft Technologies Field. Southern Polytechnic is ranked seventh nationally in this week’s NAIA coaches’ poll while Mobile is No. 14.
"I am very proud of the entire Hornet soccer program today. We played a talented Mobile side and did very well. Our back line was solid all day and our attacking players created many opportunities" Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said.
The Rams started the scoring with a goal in the 43rd minute (42:40) and led 1-0 at halftime. The Hornets rallied in the second half with a pair of goals, the first by freshman midfielder Adis Islamovic on an assist from junior midfielder Juan Henao off a corner kick in the 61st minute (60:52). Henao hit a hard bending ball to the near post and Islamovic beat his man to it and driving it into the upper corner past a diving Mobile keeper.
In the 83rd minute (82:42), sophomore forward Omar Kanteh provided the game-winning goal on an assist by Islamovic. Islamovic beat two defenders on top of the box and slipped it to a wide open Kante. Kante neatly tucked it away into the corner from 12 yards providing his third goal and first game winner of the season. "It was great to see Omar get the game winner. He works so hard and deserves to be rewarded" added Momeni.
SPSU outshot Mobile by a commanding 22-3 margin, including 10-1 on goal. The winners finished with 14 corner kicks, compared to just two for the Rams. In goal for Southern Poly, senior Dennis Kramer played all 90 minutes. He did not record a save. The Hornets improve to 5-1-0 overall while Mobile is 4-2-1. SPSU is right back in action on Saturday when hosting an SSAC match with the Spring Hill College Badgers at 4:30 p.m at Nuesoft Technologies Field.
Omar Kante scored his first game winning goal of the season