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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly men's soccer program closes a five-game road trip when visiting CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Sept. 15. Kickoff from Main Soccer Field is 7 p.m. for Cal Poly (1-3-1), which looks to stem a three-game slide when facing the Roadrunners (2-4-0). Completing the program's lengthiest road trip since closing the 2008 season with five successive road games, Cal Poly is visiting CSU Bakersfield for the first time since Oct. 10, 2009. The Roadrunners, meanwhile, have dropped their last four matches, culminating with a 1-0 loss at Gonzaga (Sept. 9).
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Live stats will be available for Cal Poly's Saturday matchup at CSU Bakersfield via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS CSU BAKERSFIELD: Undefeated versus CSU Bakersfield in its last five meetings, Cal Poly's only Division I loss to the Roadrunners in six matchups was a 2-0 decision on Nov. 12, 1994. Cal Poly captured last year's matchup, 1-0 (Sept. 23), and forced a scoreless draw in its last visit to CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 10, 2009).
GOLDEN GLOVES: Buoyed by a season high nine-save performance at Seattle (Aug. 31) and at Saint Mary's (Sept. 9), senior goalkeeper Simon Boehme enters Cal Poly's Saturday matchup at CSU Bakersfield ranked fourth among NCAA Division I players with 29 total saves and 11th with 5.80 save per game. On pace to become one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in Cal Poly program history, Boehme ranks third all-time in save percentage (.769) and fifth in goals against average (1.47).
SPREAD THE WEALTH: Cal Poly's opening five matches have elicited five different goalscorers. Limited to just 96 total minutes and four appearances after sustaining an injury last year, sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Perez – who produced Cal Poly's first two-goal game in two years during the program's Aug. 24 season-opening victory – enters Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield ranked second among Big West Conference players with 13 shot attempts and sixth with two assists. Also scoring their first career goals for Cal Poly versus Fresno Pacific were junior forward Diego Alonso and sophomore defender Addison Parrish. Junior forward George Grote scored his first goal in three seasons during the program's 2-1 loss at Seattle (Aug. 31) while junior defender Eddie Melgoza found the back of the net for the first time in 23 career appearances during a 2-1 loss at Portland (Sept. 3).
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: Cal Poly enters its Sept. 18 match versus Santa Clara unbeaten in 20 of its last 25 home matches at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Overall, Cal Poly is 63-24-16 since the venue's 2007 opening. During the last 12 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 67 of 103 (65.0 percent) matches at Spanos Stadium and sold out the 11,075-capacity complex eight times.
SPANOS STADIUM – WHERE ATTENDANCE RECORDS ARE RETIRED: Thirteen of the top 54 (24.1 percent) best attended regular season matches in the history of collegiate soccer have occurred at Alex G. Spanos Stadium and all have been recorded since the start of the 2007 season. In total, Cal Poly has been involved in 20 of the top 54 (37.0 percent) best-attended regular season matches in collegiate soccer history.
ETC.: Cal Poly improved to 15-9-0 in season-opening matches at the Division I level with its 4-1 decision versus Fresno Pacific (Aug. 24).