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Early Penalty Sends Cal Poly to 1-0 Defeat at No. 6 Maryland

Early Penalty Sends Cal Poly to 1-0 Defeat at No. 6 Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Cal Poly men's soccer junior goalkeeper Simon Boehme chalked up seven saves Monday evening, but Maryland forward Gordon Wild converted a 26th-minute penalty as the Terrapins scratched out a 1-0 win against the Mustangs at Ludwig Field.

Boehme, ranked second among NCAA Division I goalkeepers with 7.8 saves per match, had already stopped three Maryland shots inside the opening 25 minutes before Cal Poly was whistled for a foul inside its own penalty area and Wild notched the game-winning strike.

Cal Poly, facing its third top 10 ranked opponent through the opening four matches, enjoyed shot attempts from senior forward Kaba Alkebulan (above) in the 14th minute and junior midfielder Jose Rivera in the 40th. The Mustangs, however, produced just one more shot attempt with freshman forward Angel De Leon firing wide in the 84th.

Boehme, meanwhile, stopped four more Maryland shots in the second half and three in the final six minutes to keep the goal deficit at one.

Cal Poly (0-4-0), whistled for just five fouls on the evening to Maryland's nine, opens its eight-match home schedule at Alex G. Spanos Stadium when hosting Saint Mary's on Sunday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is 4 p.m.