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Cal Poly Scores Early, but Concedes in Second Half to Settle for Draw

Cal Poly Scores Early, but Concedes in Second Half to Settle for Draw

SPOKANE, Wash. – Junior defender Ruben Duran's third-minute goal provided the Cal Poly men's soccer program the initial lead versus Gonzaga Thursday evening, but the Bulldogs equalized in the 76th minute and, after two overtime sessions, forced a 1-1 draw with the Mustangs at Luger Field.

Senior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton – making his 50th successive start – chalked up a season high six saves for the Mustangs (1-0-1), who saw freshman midfielder George Grote hit the crossbar early in the third minute. Duran (right) corralled the rebound and fired his first goal since Oct. 7, 2012 into the back of the Gonzaga net to provide Cal Poly the 1-0 lead.

Both sides combined for just one shot attempt during the next 37 minutes with Hamilton turning away midfielder Colton Cavey four minutes before halftime to preserve Cal Poly's advantage.

Two of Cal Poly's three shot attempts occurred during the opening two minutes of the second half with sophomore midfielder Joseph Bolous stopped by Gonzaga goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore 50 seconds after the restart.

At the opposite end of Luger Field, Hamilton recorded two more saves before the Bulldogs equalized on 76 minutes after successive headers by defender David Sigurdsson and midfielder Jakob Granlund fell to defender Ben White, who slotted his first goal of 2015.

The Cal Poly defense blocked three Gonzaga shot attempts to close regulation and three more in the first overtime period to keep the scoreline level. Hamilton, the reigning Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year selection, added two more saves in the first overtime period to preserve the draw.

Gonzaga outshot Cal Poly, 18-6.

The Mustangs close their first road trip of 2015 with a 1 p.m. matchup versus Seattle at Luger Field on Saturday, Sept. 5.