SAN LUIS OBISPO – Senior defender Ruben Duran's 68th-minute strike stood as the difference Saturday afternoon as the White squad topped the Green side 1-0 during the Cal Poly men's soccer team's annual preseason intrasquad exhibition.
Duran (above), an All-Big West Conference second team selection in 2015, latched on to an upfield pass from freshman forward Sebastian Herran and scored past freshman goalkeeper Phillip Martin to produce the game-winning goal.
Senior forward Justin Dhillon forced Green starting sophomore goalkeeper Simon Boehme into a early save, but Green enjoyed the game's best early scoring chances. In the 16th minute, junior forward Kaba Alkebulan broke through the White defense only to hit the cross bar with his attempt. Four minutes later, Alkebulan struck the right post and the errant ball rolled along the goal line before being cleared by the White defense.
Each side produced a shot attempt early in the second half before Duran found the game-winner.
Despite conceding the only goal, Martin still finished with three saves in 25 reserve minutes.
Starting in goal for Green, junior goalkeeper Eric Kam recorded one save while Boehme also chalked up one.
Cal Poly, which opened its training camp on Tuesday, enjoys 16 days of preparation ahead of the Friday, Aug. 26 season-opening match at No. 8 North Carolina. In between, Cal Poly hosts No. 1 and defending national champion Stanford (Wednesday, Aug. 17) and Loyola Marymount (Sunday, Aug. 21) for exhibitions at Spanos Stadium.
The Mustangs return five starters and 15 letterwinners from last season's squad that matched a program record with 11 victories and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.