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SAN LUIS OBISPO – Six days after securing its first victory of 2017, the Cal Poly men's soccer program visits San Diego State on Saturday, Sept. 16 in its final non-conference road match of the regular season. Kickoff at San Diego State's SDSU Sports Deck is scheduled for 7 p.m. for Cal Poly, which edged Saint Mary's 1-0 (Sept. 10) behind junior defender Nick Carroll's 81st-minute goal. Against the Aztecs (2-3-0), Cal Poly seeks its first non-conference road victory since topping Loyola Marymount 2-0 on Sept. 27, 2015. Defensively, Cal Poly hasn't allowed a goal from open play for 196 straight minutes while, individually, junior Simon Boehme leads all NCAA Division I goalkeepers with 7.0 saves per match. Saturday's match closes a four-game home stand for San Diego State, which has dropped successive one-goal decisions against San Francisco (Sept. 8) and Utah Valley (Sept. 10).
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CAL POLY VERSUS SAN DIEGO STATE: Having forced a scoreless draw at home on Sept. 17, 2016 versus then-No. 11 San Diego State, Cal Poly is unbeaten in its last three matches against the Aztecs dating to the 1998 season. Overall, Cal Poly holds a 3-1-1 series advantage.
BEST OF THE BEST: The 18-match regular season schedule ranks as the third toughest among 192 Division I programs with Cal Poly's past opposition having chalked up a combined 13-1-5 record and future opponents producing a 34-28-8 mark. Only Virginia Tech and Rutgers boast tougher schedules.
GOLDEN GLOVES: Backed by a career high 12-save performance versus No. 10 Notre Dame (Aug. 27) – the second highest single match save total in program history and second highest total by any NCAA Division I goalkeeper this season, junior Simon Boehme enters Saturday's game at San Diego State ranked first nationally with 7.0 saves per match. Boehme, who hasn't allowed a goal from open play in his last 196 minutes, produced his first career clean sheet during Cal Poly's 1-0, home-opening win against Saint Mary's (Sept. 10). A starter in all five games this season after making just two appearances in his first three years on campus, Boehme has also recorded nine saves at Georgetown (Sept. 1) and seven at No. 6 Maryland (Sept. 4). The Big West's leading goalkeeper in save percentage (.814), Boehme also ranks third in minutes played (460:51).
RIVERA TRANSFERS SUCCESS: Leading Cal Poly's points count is junior midfielder Jose Rivera, who produced his first collegiate assist on junior Nick Carroll's game-winning goal versus Saint Mary's (Sept. 10). The first Mustang to score a goal this season after finding the back of the net at No. 10 Notre Dame (Aug. 27), Rivera – an offseason transfer from Irvine Valley College – has started during Cal Poly's last three games.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: Cal Poly enters its Sept. 25 match versus Portland unbeaten in 16 of its last 18 home matches at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Overall, Cal Poly is 59-21-16 since the venue's 2007 opening. During the last 11 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 65 of 96 (67.7 percent) matches at Spanos Stadium and sold out the 11,075-capacity complex seven times.