Sophomore Omar Kanteh scores his third SSAC game winning goal for the Hornets.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – In the final regular-season game for both teams on Tuesday afternoon, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer squad defeated the host William Carey University Crusaders 1-0 in a Southern States Athletic Conference match at Crusader Field. Southern Polytechnic is rated 12th nationally in the NAIA while William Carey received six points in the latest poll to rank 38th.
“The first half was really good but the second half was not so good,” Southern Poly head coach Kom Momeni said. “I’m glad we grinded out a tough road conference victory. It should give us some momentum going into the conference tournament.”
Neither squad was able to score in the first half but SPSU sophomore forward Omar Kanteh came through with the game-winner off an assist from sophomore defender/midfielder Harry McGregor with exactly 24 minutes left (66:00) to give the Hornets the victory.
It’s good to see Omar get back into the starting lineup and get his third game-winning goal in the conference,” Momeni said. “Also, our defense came out and played with confidence in a big game.”
Southern Poly had a 15-12 edge in shots with both teams finishing with nine fouls.
In goal for the winners, senior Dennis Kramer played the full 90 minutes and registered the shutout. He was credited with six saves.
The Hornets conclude the regular season at 11-4-1 overall and tied for fourth place in the SSAC while the Crusaders ended 9-8-1 overall, including 6-5-0 in conference play for sixth. SPSU opens SSAC Tournament play as the No. 5 seed and travels to play a first-round match against the fifth-seeded Belhaven University Blazers this Saturday in Jackson, Miss.