NORTHRIDGE – Cal Poly men's soccer junior goalkeeper Simon Boehme (above) recorded seven saves Saturday evening, but CSUN forward Emmanuel Usen, Jr.'s 83rd-minute goal marked the difference as the Mustangs fell at Matador Soccer Field, 1-0.
Boehme recorded his highest save total since making seven stops in a 1-0 loss at No. 6 Maryland (Sept. 4), but CSUN produced the eventual game-winning goal on its 14th corner kick of the evening. It was CSUN midfielder Julio Rubio who swung the corner in for Usen, who headed past Boehme as the Matadors snapped a three-match unbeaten run versus the Mustangs.
With Saturday's defeat, Cal Poly (5-7-0, 1-3-0) stayed in fourth place in the Big West Conference North Division standings. UC Santa Barbara (5-4-3, 3-0-1) retained the top spot on 10 points following a 1-1 draw at UC Irvine while Sacramento State (6-5-1, 2-1-1) and UC Davis (5-6-2, 2-1-1) – both of which lost Saturday evening – remained joint second on seven points.
Cal Poly returns home to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to open Big West North Division play versus Sacramento State on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Kickoff is 7 p.m. for Cal Poly's 100th match at Spanos Stadium.
Each side held the other to just one shot attempt through the opening 25 minutes before Cal Poly produced the best early scoring opportunity as junior forward Jose Rivera flicked a shot wide of the left CSUN post in the 26th.
Boehme, meanwhile, chalked up his first save in the 28th, going low to parry an attempt away from Usen. Boehme chalked up his second save 91 seconds prior to halftime by diving to his right to stop an attempt by Matador forward Papi Diouf. His third save came 23 seconds later to preserve a scoreless match heading into halftime.
Boehme returned to form to open the second half, palming a Usen header over the crossbar on 52 minutes. In the 57th, Diouf then headed down an attempt that Boehme snatched off the turf for save No. 6.
CSUN, however, eventually found the match winner in the 83rd.
Cal Poly's best chance to equalize late came in the 86th, but senior forward Kaba Alkebulan whistled an attempt over the CSUN crossbar.