Badgers nullify Statesmen, 4-0

CLEVELAND, Miss. (October 31, 2021) – The Spring Hill College (SHC) men’s soccer team picked up their 10th win of the year and helped their postseason positioning by taking a 4-0 Gulf South Conference (GSC) victory over the Delta State University (DSU) Statesmen on Sunday afternoon at Delta Field.

SHC got the scoring going early against the Statesmen (4-8-2; 2-7-1 GSC) when senior Matthew Moreno drove in a goal in the 5th minute of play with an assist from sophomore midfielder Joao Amaral. Freshman forward Paolo Hortian then made it a 2-0 Badger advantage off an entry pass from fellow freshman forward Carlos Fernandes.

In the 63rd minute, freshman defenseman Brogan Horniman cemented the victory with his second score of the year off an assisting combination by Amaral and senior forward Luca Carrese. Later, Hortian would earn a brace with his second goal of the contest in the 77th minute.

Badger senior goalkeeper Alessandro Erdelyi (10-6) made two saves against three shots and five corner kicks by the Statesmen while Delta State’s Mattis Kloepper (3-7-2) made one save versus 14 shots and nine corner attempts from SHC. Fabian Keiblinger finished the final 12 minutes in goal for Spring Hill, facing just one off-fame shot attempt.

The Badgers (10-6; 5-5 GSC) will wrap up the 2021 regular season with a GSC match versus rival the University of West Florida (UWF) Argonauts at home on Library Field on Thursday at 1 p.m. With SHC currently in 6th position and UWF at 5th in the GSC standings, Thursday’s contest is crucial for both teams in regard to seeding for the Conference Championship Tournament that begins on Sunday, November 7.

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