Sophomore midfielder Chris Gaschen scored in the 88th minute to give Cal Poly (8-10-2 in 2009) a 1-0 victory in its men’s soccer season opener at Denver.
Redshirt reserve Cortland Forsythe assisted on the goal. The forward came on in the 84th minute and quickly hooked up with Gaschen for the winning score.
The goal came at the tale end of a Mustang attack that managed 21 shots on goal to just 10 by the Pioneers. Cal Poly ratcheted up its pressure in the second half, outshooting Denver 14-7.
Junior goalkeeper Patrick McLain followed up his 2009 second-team all-conference selection with a blank slate on seven saves.
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Cal Poly senior David Zamora was scoreless on four shots, leaving the striker four goals shy of 10th place on the all-time Big West record list.
Cal Poly 2, San Jose State 0
The Mustangs (3-1) rebounded from their 7-0 season-opening loss to UCLA, with three straight wins — including the shutout over the Spartans (0-4) in their home opener.
After a scoreless first half, Cal Poly senior Whitney Sisler scored her third goal of the season — a team high — on a deflection off the post in the 16th minute.
The Mustangs doubled their lead with a shot from Bianca Burright from inside the box, just over the reach of the goalie in the 80th minute. Carrie Andrews picked up an assist on the goal.
Brooke Gauvin picked up her second win in goal for the Mustangs, tallying two saves.
Overall, Cal Poly had shots on goal while the Spartans managed just two.
The Mustangs play at Arizona at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Cuesta 5, Lassen 0
Cuesta cruised to victory in its opener over Lassen at home.
Sarah Wheeler, last year’s leading scorer, tallied off an assist from Rachel Warner just 10 minutes in, and Cuesta remained up 1-0 at the half.
Ruby Navarro, who had two assists, put in the second goal for the Cougars. Rachel Warner scored the next two goals, while Laura Sanchez completed the scoring.
Mari Monticelli had two saves, and Rachel Myers had four saves for the Cougars.
Idaho State 3, Cal Poly 1
The Mustangs fell for the second consecutive match after opening the season with two wins.
Cal Poly took the first set 28-26 but fell in the ensuing three 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 at BYU’s Nike Invitational in Provo, Utah.
Dominique Olowolafe, Catie Smith and Jennifer Keddy led the Mustangs with 11 kills apiece.
Kristina Graven and Holly Franks both tallied nine for the Mustangs.
Alison Mort led the team with 13 digs, and junior Sarah Cawrse tallied 44 assists with 12 digs.
Cal Poly will face Nebraska and BYU today to wrap up play in the tournament.