BAKERSFIELD – Senior forward Sean Goode (above) became the sixth different Cal Poly men's soccer player to find the back of the net this season as his goals in the 27th and 77th minutes provided the difference Saturday evening as the Mustangs closed a five-match road trip with a 2-0 triumph at CSU Bakersfield.
Senior goalkeeper Simon Boehme earned his first full shutout of the year without having to make a save for Cal Poly (2-3-1), which placed five of its nine shot attempts on target.
Goode, meanwhile, secured his first career multi-goal game for the Mustangs and became the second Cal Poly player this season with a brace following sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Perez's effort in the program's 4-1, season-opening win against Fresno Pacific.
Cal Poly, which ran its unbeaten run versus CSU Bakersfield (2-5-0) to six-straight matches dating to 2007, begins a three-match home stand when welcoming Santa Clara on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Kickoff from Alex G. Spanos Stadium is 5 p.m.
Cal Poly kept CSU Bakersfield to just one shot attempt during the opening 41 minutes and, offensively, the Mustangs tested CSU Bakersfield's backline early. Goode was turned away by Roadrunners goalkeeper Detre Bell just 111 seconds after the opening whistle before freshman defender Brecc Evans saw his 10th-minute header stopped.
Goode, however, produced the breakthrough effort on 27 minutes. Sophomore defender Andrew Forth earned his second assist of 2018 after sending a deep pass over the CSU Bakersfield defense. Goode latched onto the pass and, from the right of goal, fired past Roadrunners reserve goalkeeper Rodrigo Sarmiento at the left post.
Goode's fifth career goal for Cal Poly was his first since scoring the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory at UC Davis on Oct. 18, 2017.
Into the second half, CSU Bakersfield's best chance to equalize came in the 55th minute. Boehme mishit a goal kick that fell to Roadrunner forward Tom Shepherd, who found himself in a one-on-one situation charging toward Cal Poly's goal. Sophomore defender Freeman Dwamena's tackle drew a yellow card, but was whistled on the edge of the penalty area and CSU Bakersfield's free kick went off Cal Poly's wall.
Cal Poly had opportunities to bridge its lead, but junior forward George Grote fired wide in the 62nd before freshman defender Andrew Robertson shot errantly two minutes later. Senior forward Jared Pressley then forced another save from Sarmiento in the 67th.
The Mustangs, however, placed the decision out of reach 13 minutes from full time. Robertson began the sequence by winning a clearance from Sarmiento 30 yards from goal. He spun a pass to sophomore forward Jacob Lindberg, who earned his first career assist by flicking a pass to Rivera, who found Goode near the left post.