CLEVELAND, Ga. – In the first of three straight Southern States Athletic Conference matches away from home, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer squad picked up a 3-0 victory over the Truett-McConnell College Bears on Saturday. Southern Polytechnic is ranked ninth nationally in the NAIA.
“It was very good to get a road win in conference and also to get a shutout,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “I thought our players played very hard at a difficult place. Now we just need to get ready to be back on the road again next Thursday.”
Senior forward Emeka Maduka opened the scoring for the Hornets with a goal in the 31st minute (30:17) that was assisted by junior defender Jalani Landburg. Just 48 seconds later, Maduka knocked in another goal off an assist by junior midfielder Juan Henao, making it a 2-0 contest. The winners’ third and final goal was recorded by Henao on an assist from Maduka in the 75th minute (74:07).
“It was good to see Emeka get two goals,” Momeni said. “He’s been kind of cold lately, but hopefully this will be the start of a hot streak for him.”
SPSU finished with 20 shots, including 12 on goal, compared to just five and one, respectively, for Truett-McConnell. Southern Poly had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal for the Hornets, senior Dennis Kramer and sophomore Vincent Easterbrook combined on the shutout. Kramer started and played into the 78th minute, making one save, before Easterbrook took over. SPSU moves to 8-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in SSAC play while the Bears are 3-6-1 overall, including 0-5-1 in the conference.
Southern Poly plays a SSAC game on Thursday vs. the Faulkner University Eagles in Montgomery, Ala. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. Eastern).
Junior Juan Henao scoring his first goal of the season.