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SAN LUIS OBISPO – Seeking its first three-match winning streak in two years, the Cal Poly men's soccer program opens a four-game home stand and completes Big West Conference preparations when hosting Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Portland on Monday, Sept. 25. Saturday's match versus Cal State Bakersfield (2-4-0) will kick off at 11 a.m. at Paso Robles Horse Park (Paso Robles, Calif.) before Cal Poly (2-4-0) returns to Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Monday to face Portland (4-2-0) at 7 p.m. Having produced successive 1-0 victories versus Saint Mary's (Sept. 10) and at San Diego State (Sept. 16), Cal Poly last enjoyed a three-match winning streak from Sept. 20-Oct. 1, 2015 (defeating the College of Charleston at home before topping Loyola Marymount and CSUN on the road). Defensively, Cal Poly hasn't allowed a goal from open play for 286 straight minutes while, individually, junior Simon Boehme ranks third among NCAA Division I goalkeepers with 6.33 saves per match. Cal State Bakersfield, which owns its only victories this season versus Big West Conference opponents (UC Riverside, Sacramento State), has dropped its last three matches by an 8-3 goal aggregate. Portland, which visits UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, received four votes in the Sept. 19 edition of the United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll.
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Live stats will be available for Saturday's match versus Cal State Bakersfield at GoPoly.com HERE. Max Milander (@MustangMax1) provides play-by-play detail for Cal Poly's Monday matchup versus Portland for GoPoly.com HERE. Live stats and streaming video will also be available for Monday's match via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: The Mustangs last faced the Roadrunners on Sept. 29, 2010 and delivered a 2-1 home victory. Undefeated in its last four matches versus Cal State Bakersfield, Cal Poly leads the all-time series, 2-1-2.
CAL POLY VERSUS PORTLAND: The Pilots have prevailed in the last seven matchups versus Cal Poly with Portland producing a 2-0 win during the last matchup between the two sides on Sept. 25, 2009 in Seattle. Cal Poly's only victory against Portland in 11 all-time meetings remains a 2-1 overtime triumph on Oct. 17, 1999. Portland leads the all-time series, 9-1-1.
BEST OF THE BEST: The 18-match regular season schedule ranks as the fifth toughest among 192 Division I programs with Cal Poly's past opposition having chalked up a combined 20-6-6 record and future opponents producing a 27-31-4 mark. Only Rutgers, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Florida International boast tougher schedules.
GOLDEN GLOVES: Backed by a career high 12-save performance versus No. 10 Notre Dame (Aug. 27) – the second highest single match save total in program history and third highest total by any NCAA Division I goalkeeper this season, junior Simon Boehme enters Saturday's game versus Cal State Bakersfield ranked third nationally with 6.33 saves per match. Boehme, the reigning Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, hasn't allowed a goal from open play in his last 286 minutes after keeping successive clean sheets in 1-0 victories versus Saint Mary (Sept. 10) and San Diego State (Sept. 16). A starter in all six games this season after making just two appearances in his first three years on campus, Boehme has also recorded nine saves at Georgetown (Sept. 1) and seven at No. 6 Maryland (Sept. 4). Among Big West goalkeepers, Boehme also ranks second in save percentage (8.26).
RIVERA, GOODE TRANSFER SUCCESS: Teammates the last two seasons at Irvine Valley College, junior forward Sean Goode and junior midfielder Jose Rivera enter Saturday's match versus Cal State Bakersfield co-leading Cal Poly with three points apiece. Rivera was the first Mustang to find the back of the net this year at No. 10 Notre Dame (Aug. 27) while Goode notched his first Cal Poly goal at Georgetown (Sept. 1). They each produced their first assists during Cal Poly victories versus Saint Mary's (Sept. 10) and San Diego State (Sept. 16).
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: Cal Poly enters its Sept. 25 match versus Portland unbeaten in 16 of its last 18 home matches at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Overall, Cal Poly is 59-21-16 since the venue's 2007 opening. During the last 11 seasons, the Mustangs have recorded 31 shutout victories at home while Cal Poly's goalkeepers have kept 38 clean sheets. Additionally, Cal Poly has drawn 1,000-plus spectators during 65 of 96 (67.7 percent) matches at Spanos Stadium and sold out the 11,075-capacity complex seven times.
ETC.: Cal Poly's 1-0 victory at San Diego State (Sept. 16) marked the program's first non-conference road win since topping Loyola Marymount 2-0 on Sept. 27, 2015.