LAS VEGAS – Graduate forward Spencer Held's 55th minute goal accounted for the difference Tuesday evening as the Cal Poly men's soccer program topped UNLV in an exhibition matchup at Peter Johann Memorial Field, 1-0.
With the temperature still above 100 degrees for the 8 p.m. kickoff, Cal Poly limited UNLV to just one shot on goal during the opening 72 minutes as Mustang junior goalkeeper Jason Hernandez produced his lone save in the second minute.
Cal Poly itself placed just one shot on target during the first half as junior defender Josh Graham's sixth-minute header was turned away on the UNLV goal line.
Scoreless into the second half, UNLV saw the game's opening goal ruled offside in the 49th after forward Bryan Martinez-Serrano's attempted was flagged.
Eleven minutes later, however, Held – an offseason graduate transfer from California – found the back of the UNLV as his shot from five yards away ricocheted off Rebels goalkeeper Enrique Adame and into the right corner of the net.
Mustang sophomore goalkeeper Carlos Arce-Hurtado (above) – who took over for Hernandez to begin the second half – chalked up saves in the 73rd and 75th minutes to preserve Cal Poly's lead.
Held had the opportunity to double his tally and Cal Poly's lead in the 77th, but thumped an attempt off the cross bar. He also had a final attempt saved by Adame in the 85th.
Cal Poly completes preparations for the 2019 regular season when hosting Division II Cal State Monterey Bay for a Saturday, Aug. 24 exhibition. Kickoff at Alex G. Spanos Stadium is 7 p.m.
The Mustangs open the 2019 regular season at Utah Valley on Friday, Aug. 30.