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Papa John's/Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Month: Chase Minter

Papa John's/Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Month: Chase Minter

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Five goals, four assists and 14 points during the month of October have earned senior midfielder Chase Minter the Papa John's/Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Month Award.

Minter recorded these totals across 10 Big West Conference games during the month of October, leading Cal Poly to its highest finish (second) and point total (19) in the Big West North Division since 2012.
 
Minter opened conference play by scoring the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory at CSUN on Oct. 1. Also significant was Minter's two-assist effort versus Sacramento State on Oct. 21. In the match, Minter tied the Cal Poly all-time record with his 20th and 21st career assists in 2-0 victory.
 
Most recently, Minter scored his 15th and 16th career goals during a 4-2 home victory over Sacramento State on Oct. 31. The multi-goal game landed him in seventh place on Cal Poly's all-time career goals list.
 
Minter finished the regular season in fifth place in Cal Poly program history with 53 points and fourth with 74 total appearances. Minter has started all 58 games since the beginning of 2013.

The Athlete of the Month honor follows Minter's second straight Big West Midfielder of the Year award as well as his nomination to the All-Big West Conference first team. The senior is the second two-time recipient of the Midfielder of the Year honor in conference history.
 
Among Big West players, Minter finished the regular season ranked second in goals (seven) and points (20), third in assists (six) and fifth in shot attempts (46).
 
During the month of October, Minter was also named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which is given to NCAA Division I student-athletes excelling in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. Senior CLASS award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup Championships in December.
 
In addition, Minter remains one of 30 players from NCAA Division I schools on the Hermann Trophy Watch List for national collegiate player of the year.
 
Minter and the Mustangs will begin the Big West Tournament at home on Saturday versus UC Irvine. The match marks the first time in six years that Cal Poly will host a conference tournament opening-round match at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Kickoff time is set for 12 noon with the advancing team from Saturday's match going on to visit Big West South Division champion Cal State Fullerton in a Wednesday, Nov. 11, semifinal. The Big West Tournament championship game, with an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament on the line, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14.

Previous winners:
   September -- Adlee Van Winden (Women's Volleyball)