MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. – On Saturday night in the 2012 season opener for both teams, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer squad – ranked third nationally in the NAIA – posted a solid 4-0 non-conference win over the host Milligan College Buffaloes at Anglin Field.
Southern Poly, the preseason favorite to claim the Southern States Athletic Conference championship, began the scoring in the 29th minute (28:18) on the game-winner from senior forward Emeka Maduka with senior midfielder Andre Santos picking up an assist. After holding a slim 1-0 edge at halftime, Southern Poly struck for three second-half goals, the first in the 55th minute (54:28) by sophomore forward Omar Kanteh on an assist from sophomore defender Tyler Woodruff. Just over a minute later (55:54), Maduka tallied his second goal of the evening off an assist by Woodruff. Freshman Adis Islamovic, with junior midfielder Juan Henao registering an assist, concluded the scoring with a goal in the 69th minute (68:31).
"It was nice to get a road victory to start off the season" said Head Coach Kom Momeni. "With such a young team, it was inevitable that we would have to dodge some bullets in order to win. Our guys did a nice job of sustaining a very strong attack from Milligan."
In goal for the Hornets, senior Dennis Kramer played all 90 minutes and posted the shutout. He was credited with three saves.
The winners had a 21-8 advantage in shots, including 10-1 in the second half. Southern Poly took 13 shots on goal, compared to four for Milligan, which was coming off a 2-1 exhibition victory at NCAA Division I East Tennessee State University on Aug. 14 and is the defending Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season champion. The Hornets were awarded eight corner kicks to the Buffaloes’ four and there were 11 cards handed out, including seven to Milligan players.
Southern Poly hosts the Reinhardt University Eagles in its 2012 home opener next Saturday, Sept. 1. The non-conference game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Nuesoft Technologies Field.
Emeka Maduka opened the scoring for Southern Poly in the 29th minute.