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SAN LUIS OBISPO – Three of the Cal Poly men's soccer program's opening four Big West Conference matches occur on the road, a stretch that concludes at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and at CSUN on Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff both evenings is 7 p.m. for Cal Poly (4-5-2, 0-1-1), which enters the week tied for sixth place in the Big West standings on one point alongside Cal State Fullerton (4-3-6, 0-1-1) and UC Davis (7-2-3, 0-1-1). CSUN (7-4-1, 1-0-1), meanwhile, sits second in the table with four points. Defensively, Cal Poly's goalkeeping unit ranks ninth among 205 NCAA Division I programs with 5.36 per match while the Mustangs remain second among Big West programs with four shutouts. Cal Poly also comes into Wednesday's match at Cal State Fullerton having conceded just four goals in the last 599 minutes. Cal State Fullerton, the defending Big West Tournament champion, opened its Big West slate with a 2-2 draw versus CSUN (Oct. 3) and 1-0, overtime loss at UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 6). CSUN, the Big West's highest scoring program at 2.00 goals per match, also leads the conference in total assists (33) and ranks second in total goals (24). The Matadors visit third-place Sacramento State Wednesday before hosting Cal Poly.
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Live stats and streaming video will be available for both Wednesday's meeting at Cal State Fullerton and Saturday's match at CSUN via GoPoly.com HERE. Audio play-by-play will also be available for Wednesday's match.
CAL POLY VERSUS CAL STATE FULLERTON: Cal State Fullerton improved its unbeaten run versus Cal Poly to six straight matches after handing the Mustangs a 1-0 loss inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium last fall. Cal Poly's last win versus Cal State Fullerton was a 2-0 triumph on Sept. 28, 2012 as the Mustangs have dropped their last three decisions inside Titan Stadium. The Titans lead the all-time series, 18-13-1.
CAL POLY VERSUS CSUN: Cal Poly has won just once in its last six visits to CSUN – a 1-0 triumph on Oct. 1, 2015. CSUN won last year's meeting at Matador Soccer Field, 1-0, and leads the all-time series, 17-10-7.
GOLDEN GLOVES: Buoyed by season high nine-save performances at Seattle (Aug. 31) and at Saint Mary's (Sept. 9), senior goalkeeper Simon Boehme enters Cal Poly's Wednesday matchup at Cal State Fullerton ranked 32nd among NCAA Division I players with 4.40 saves per match and 30th with 4.56 save per game. With three shutouts in his last five outings, Boehme has conceded just three goals in the past 495 minutes. On pace to finish as one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in Cal Poly program history, Boehme ranks third all-time in save percentage (.777) and fifth in goals against average (1.29).
SPREAD THE WEALTH: Cal Poly's opening 11 matches have elicited seven different goalscorers. Following sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Perez's two-goal effort in Cal Poly's Aug. 24 season-opening victory versus Fresno Pacific, senior forward Sean Goode's double at CSU Bakersfield (Sept. 15) allowed the Mustangs to become one of only two Big West programs (alongside CSUN) to feature two players with multi-goal matches. Goode, who also scored versus Westmont (Sept. 22) and at UC Davis (Oct. 3), ranks sixth among Big West players with 24 shot attempts and seventh with four goals. Also scoring their first career goals for Cal Poly versus Fresno Pacific were junior forward Diego Alonso and sophomore defender Addison Parrish. Alonso then added his second in Cal Poly's 1-0 victory versus UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 30). 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 only time in 26 career appearances during a 2-1 loss at Portland (Sept. 3). Cal Poly's most recent first-time goalscorer, freshman defender Brecc Evans, contributed the second strike in the 2-0 victory versus Westmont.
RIVERA LIFTS CAL POLY OVER THE LINE: With a two-assist performance in Cal Poly's 2-0 victory against Westmont, senior midfielder Jose Rivera – who contributed the program's 27th multi-assist match in the Division I era – currently ranks eighth among Big West players with a team leading three assists.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: Cal Poly enters its Oct. 17 match versus Sacramento State unbeaten in 22 of its last 29 home matches at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Overall, Cal Poly is 65-25-17 since the venue's 2007 opening. During the last 12 seasons, the Mustangs have recorded 33 shutout victories at home while Cal Poly's goalkeepers have kept 40 clean sheets. Additionally, Cal Poly has drawn 1,000-plus spectators during 71 of 107 (66.4 percent) matches at Spanos Stadium and sold out the 11,075-capacity complex eight times.
SPANOS STADIUM – WHERE ATTENDANCE RECORDS ARE RETIRED: Fourteen of the top 55 (25.5 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 21 of the top 55 (38.2 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) … the Mustangs moved to 8-7-3 all-time in Big West-opening matches following a 1-1 draw at No. 16 UC Davis (Oct. 3) … Carlos Arce-Hurtado's 10-save performance in a 1-0, overtime loss to UC Riverside (Oct. 6) marked the highest save total by a Mustang goalkeeper since Simon Boehme produced 12 at then-No. 10 Notre Dame on Aug. 27, 2017.