Sophomore Avery Shepard scores his first career game winning goal.
MARIETTA, Ga. – At home in a Southern States Athletic Conference match, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team beat the Spring Hill College Badgers 1-0 at Nuesoft Technologies Field on Saturday. Southern Polytechnic is rated No. 7 nationally in the NAIA.
“I thought our guys showed a lot of heart,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “They were pretty tired all day long after spending so much physical and mental energy yesterday (against Mobile). We played really well, although the score doesn’t show it.”
After a scoreless first half, SPSU sophomore forward Avery Shepard accounted for the only goal in the match, coming off the bench to register the game-winner in the 84th minute (83:47) off an assist from senior forward Emeka Maduka.
“We had much of the game but we just couldn’t finish,” Momeni said. “Luckily, Avery scored his first college game-winner in a big game. So, I’m happy for the result.”
The Hornets ended with 29 shots to Spring Hill’s 10. Southern Poly took nine shots on goal and the Badgers four. In corner kicks, the hosts had a 9-1 advantage, including 6-0 in the second half.
“I think in order for us to be successful, we need more balance in our attack,” Momeni said. “We crowd each other up a little bit too much and I think that will be the key for us this week, to have a more balanced attack moving forward.”
Senior goalkeeper Dennis Kramer played the full 90 minutes in registering the shutout for the winners. He tallied four saves.
The Hornets move to 6-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the SSAC while SHC drops to 6-3-0 overall, including 1-1-0 in conference play. SPSU is on the road for a conference game on Friday with the Belhaven University Blazers, who are rated fourth nationally in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll. The match is slated for 2:30 p.m. Central time (3:30 p.m. Eastern) in Jackson, Miss.
Sophomore Avery Shepard scoring the game winning goal