College Sports

Cal Poly men's soccer team rallies to beat Harvard

The Cal Poly men’s soccer team rallied with two second-half goals to edge Harvard 2-1 in the 2012 Nike Central Coast Challenge at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Friday night.

Ian Clark and Chris Bernardi scored one goal each as the Mustangs (5-2) won their fifth consecutive game for the first time since 1994, their first season as a Division I program.

The Crimson (1-4-1) took an early lead when midfielder Zack Wolenzon snuck one past Cal Poly goalkeeper Chase Hauser in the 28th minute. The goal was the first time the Mustangs had trailed in a game since a 2-0 loss to Washington on Aug. 26.

Five minutes later, Harvard freshman goalkeeper Evan Mendez was issued a red card for punching away a loose ball outside the Crimson penalty box.

With only 10 men on the field, Harvard managed just one more shot on goal the rest of the way.

The Mustangs evened the score when Clark connected on an assist from George Malki in the 53rd minute.

Twenty minutes later, Chase Minter found Bernardi for the go-ahead goal.

Cal Poly will look for a program-record sixth-straight victory when it hosts No. 12 UCLA on Sunday at 4 p.m.