Gaschen Lifts Cal Poly to 1-1 Exhibition Draw versus San Francisco
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Forward Chris Gaschen opened his senior season by burying a 30-yard free kick into the top left corner of the San Francisco goal on Saturday evening as the Cal Poly men's soccer program rallied to produce a 1-1 double-overtime exhibition draw at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Mustangs mustered just one shot on target until the 73rd minute, when Gaschen drove an untouchable free kick (above) from the right side of the San Francisco penalty area past the diving arms of Dons freshman goalkeeper Connor Gaal.
Gaschen came close to deadlocking the scoreline during the 58th minute, but had the second of his three attempts turned away by Gaal. Gaschen, Cal Poly's active leader with six career goals, returned minutes later to extend Saturday's exhibition.
Highlighted by three of freshman midfielder Matt LaGrassa's game-high four attempts, Cal Poly produced six additional shots following Gaschen's goal. Freshman winger Jesse Ham came the closest to finding a late winner for the Mustangs, but his 88th-minute attempt was stopped by Gaal.
San Francisco opened the scoring during the 21st minute with junior midfielder Mauricio Diaz De Leon playing a pass back in front of the Mustang goal for sophomore forward Miguel Aguilar, who slotted a shot past Cal Poly freshman goalkeeper Wade Hamilton.
San Francisco, however, challenged Hamilton and sophomore Chase Hauser just four additional times during the final 89 minutes.
Twenty-nine of Cal Poly's 31 players featured in the match.
Cal Poly closes its exhibition slate on Saturday, Aug. 18 with a 7 p.m. matchup at Santa Clara.