MARIETTA, Ga. – On Senior Day at Nuesoft Technologies Field, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team lost 1-0 in a Southern States Athletic Conference game with the Lee University Flames in the Hornets’ final regular-season home game of 2012. The loss marked the first this season at home for Southern Polytechnic, which is ranked 12th nationally in the NAIA.
“It’s a very disappointing loss,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “Going forward it’s pretty disappointing that we’re going to lose Emeka (Maduka) for the final game of the season because of his red card. He does a lot for us offensively, so we’ve got to get our heads up, travel to Hattiesburg and try to win on Tuesday.”
After a scoreless first half, Lee tallied the match’s lone goal in the 50th minute (49:10). The Hornets’ played a man down the final 39:43 and had a chance to tie the contest on a penalty kick with just 3:43 to go, but the shot sailed wide.
SPSU had a slight 12-10 edge in shots with both teams taking four shots on goal. In corner kicks, the Flames finished with a 9-1 advantage.
Southern Poly senior Dennis Kramer was in goal for the full 90 minutes and collected three saves. “I thought we had the vast majority of the play today and I thought our guys battled and worked hard,” Momeni said.
“I thought we did a lot of good things today. I think we were the better team. We created chances, we played really well and the guys worked really hard, but it just wasn’t in the cards.”
As part of Senior Day, the Hornets’ three senior players – Kramer, Maduka and Andre Santos – were honored prior to the game.
SPSU drops to 10-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the SSAC while Lee is 9-7-1 overall, including 5-6-0 in conference play. Southern Poly concludes its regular season with a SSAC road match against the William Carey University Crusaders on Tuesday. The contest is set for 1 p.m. Central time (2 p.m. Eastern) in Hattiesburg, Miss.