Mustangs Score Early and Often in Exhibition Victory
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore forward Ian Clark notched a pair of goals and the Cal Poly men's soccer program scored with its first three shot attempts on goal Sunday evening as the Mustangs completed preparations for the 2011 regular season with a 6-0 exhibition triumph versus UC Santa Cruz at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
"Organizationally, we improved upon a lot of things from our first exhibition match (versus seventh-ranked California) and that was our main focus. We also had the opportunity for a lot of players to play and get a sense of how they might fit in," said sixth-year head coach Paul Holocher, whose Mustangs open the 2011 regular season and a five-match homestand on Saturday, Aug. 27 versus UNLV at 7 p.m. "We're happy with the result, but still have some things to improve upon."
Senior midfielder Ryan Anderson (above) needed just seven-and-a-half minutes to open Cal Poly's scoring spree as he latched onto a feed from Clark and tapped in from six yards. Clark doubled Cal Poly's lead 56 seconds later after sophomore midfielder George Malki played a pass from the right side of the penalty area.
Freshman midfielder Chase Minter etched his name onto the scoring sheet in the 13th minute after an attack by junior forward Benny Estes was foiled by Banana Slugs goalkeeper Nate Levinson. Minter picked up the loose ball and slammed his first collegiate goal from 10 yards.
Clark completed his double and Estes registered his second assist during the 25th. Freshman midfielder Michael Bernardi allowed the Mustangs to take a 5-0 lead into halftime after accepting a feed from sophomore forward Mac Pridham and drilling his first collegiate score from directly in front of goal.
Sophomore forward Ronald Medrano Williams rounded off the scoring for Cal Poly during the 63rd after taking a pass from Pridham, spinning in front of goal and firing past Levinson.
Division III UC Santa Cruz was held without a shot attempt for the opening 71 minutes until an attempt by Alika Okamitsu was stopped by Cal Poly freshman goalkeeper Chase Hauser. Hauser, who played the final 45 minutes for Cal Poly, finished with two saves.
Cal Poly outshot the Banana Slugs, 15-2, and accumulated eight corners to UC Santa Cruz's one. The Mustangs were whistled offside 14 times.