SAN LUIS OBISPO – Senior midfielder Matt LaGrassa (top) scored his team-leading third goal of 2015 in the 16th minute and junior forward Kaba Alkebulan doubled the Cal Poly men's soccer team's lead 10 minutes before halftime as the Mustangs finished as 2-1 winners against the College of Charleston on Sunday afternoon at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
In his 55th successive start, senior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton chalked up three saves for Cal Poly (4-2-1), which improved to 3-0-0 inside Spanos Stadium this season and recorded the program's 50th victory since the venue's 2007 opening. Having scored first in six of seven matches this season, Cal Poly has only trailed during 74 of a possible 650 minutes in 2015.
During the first meeting between the two programs, Mustang junior forward Justin Dhillon forced Cougars goalkeeper Kevin Shields into a third-minute save before LaGrassa broke through on 16 minutes, taking a Dhillon cross from the left side of goal, running onto the ball and firing it into the back of the net.
Mustang senior midfielder Chase Minter added another of Cal Poly's eight shots on target in the 33rd minute and freshman forward Jared Pressley struck the post in the 34th. A minute later, however, Alkebulan, scored his second goal of 2015 after senior defender Kip Colvey cut a pass back from the right post.
Of Alkebulan's six career goals, four have been match-winning efforts.
Cal Poly, which enjoyed a season high 21 shot attempts, closed the first half with LaGrassa striking the crossbar with one of his team-leading four shot attempts before the College of Charleston equalized in the 58th minute. A foul on the left edge of the Mustang penalty area by Cal Poly junior defender Kody Wakasa resulted in a penalty converted by Cougars sophomore forward Leland Archer.
Hamilton, however, then came up with save No. 3 nine minutes from full time to help preserve Cal Poly's advantage.
Cal Poly completes Big West Conference preparations with a Sunday, Sept. 28 visit to No. 18 Loyola Marymount. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m.