NORTHRIDGE – The Cal Poly men's soccer program held CSUN without a shot on goal for the final 71 minutes of Saturday's matchup at Matador Soccer Field, but a 19th-minute header from Matadors forward Daniel Trejo marked the difference as the Mustangs fell, 1-0.
Senior goalkeeper Simon Boehme was called upon to make just one save for Cal Poly (4-7-2, 0-3-1), which stayed on one point in the Big West Conference standings with Saturday's defeat. The Mustangs also slipped to eighth place in the Big West table after UC Davis (8-3-3, 1-2-1) – which entered play Saturday with one point – posted a 3-0 victory at UC Riverside.
The top six programs qualify for the Oct. 31, Nov. 3 and 10 Big West Tournament.
Mustangs junior forward Diego Alonso enjoyed Saturday's first shot on goal with his 12th-minute header turned away by CSUN goalkeeper Henrik Regitnig. Boehme chalked up his lone save of the evening a minute later, but the Matadors produced Saturday's only goal in the 19th as forward Michael Flores played a cross from the right side of goal for Trejo, who headed into the back of the Mustang net.
Each side produced two shots on target during the opening half with Mustang sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Perez stopped by Regitnig on 34 minutes, but CSUN took its 1-0 lead into the break.
Alonso began the second half with another shot on frame, but his 49th-minute shot from distance was stopped, spilled and collected by Regitnig. Two minutes later, CSUN had a possible second goal disallowed on an offside whistle.
Cal Poly, which equalized CSUN's second-half shot total at 4-4, enjoyed its best chance to equalize late in the 85th minute, but freshman forward Reagan Rice rolled an attempt across the CSUN goal mouth and wide.
Cal Poly opens its final home stand of the 2018 regular season when hosting Sacramento State on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Kickoff from Alex G. Spanos Stadium is 7 p.m.