Chris Gaschen scored twice Wednesday night to lead the Cal Poly men’s soccer team to a 3-0 Big West Conference win over UC Riverside at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
With the victory, the Mustangs held on to a share of first place in the conference with fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara.
Tim White opened the scoring for the Mustangs in just the third minute, netting a David Zamora pass from the left through the box on a header.
Then, in a reserve role, Gaschen, a freshman midfielder, scored in the 44th minute with a half-volley off a Daniel Cumming assist and again in the 53rd minute unassisted after picking up a loose ball.
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Patrick McLain made seven saves for Cal Poly (8-8-1, 6-2), as the last-place Highlanders (1-13-1, 0-6-1) fired 11 shots total.
The Mustangs took 12 shots, putting seven on goal.
UC Riverside goalkeeper Cody Suppe made two saves before being chased and replaced by Ryan Schmitz, who made two saves after coming on in the 54th minute.
The contest featured 30 total fouls — 18 from Cal Poly and 12 for UC Riverside.
Cal Poly next visits UC Davis at 7 p.m. Saturday.