NORTHRIDGE – The Cal Poly men's soccer program made senior midfielder Chase Minter's 12th-minute bicycle kick strike stand as the game-winning goal Thursday evening as the Mustangs opened their 15th season of Big West Conference action with a 1-0 triumph versus CSUN at Matador Field.
Senior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton recorded two saves for Cal Poly (6-2-1, 1-0-0), which won its Big West opener for the seventh time in the previous eight seasons. Thursday's triumph also marked Cal Poly's first victory at CSUN (4-4-1, 0-1-0) since Nov. 6, 2010.
Winners of three straight for the first time this season, Cal Poly concludes its two-match Big West-opening road trip with a 7 p.m. visit to UC Irvine on Saturday, Oct. 3.
CSUN midfielder Steven Manios got off a shot attempt just 20 seconds into action Thursday and hit the post in the fifth minute, but it was Cal Poly that found the game winner with its first attempt. With freshmen George Grote and Noah Chapleski earning assists, it was Minter (above) scoring goal number No. 3 of 2015, bicycling a cross past CSUN goalkeeper Adam Hobbs.
With the goal, Minter matched senior midfielder Matt LaGrassa for the team lead. Grote, meanwhile, moved into the Cal Poly lead with his third assist while Chapleski earned his second.
Behind Minter's goal, Cal Poly has now led its opponents during 483 of a possible 830 minutes this season.
Hamilton, making his 57th successive start for the Mustangs, preserved Cal Poly's lead with a 30th-minute save and produced his second stop on 62 minutes. In recording his fourth shutout of 2015, Hamilton ran his streak without a conceding a goal from open play to 283 straight minutes.