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Area Roundup: Defending national champion Akron highlights Cal Poly soccer schedule

The Cal Poly men’s soccer team will travel to face defending national champion Akron next season in a match highlighting a nonconference schedule that also includes five straight home dates.

Coming off an 8-7-3 season where they played the 15th-toughest schedule in the nation, the Mustangs will host UNLV (Aug. 27), New Mexico (Sept. 2), Seattle (Sept. 4), Villanova (Sept. 9) and West Virginia (Sept. 11) to start the season.

“We feel that the schedule we compiled for 2011 is fantastic,” Cal Poly head coach Paul Holocher said in a news release. “Our goal was to try and challenge ourselves in our nonconference schedule in preparation for the always-tough Big West, and that is exactly what we have done.”

The Mustangs will face the host Zips in the Akron Tournament on Sept. 18, a match following a meeting with Syracuse (Sept. 16).

After another home match against Denver (Sept. 25), Cal Poly begins Big West play at UC Irvine (Sept. 28).

The Mustangs resume their rivalry with UC Santa Barbara at home Oct. 14, a Friday, and visit the Gauchos on Nov. 4.

Arroyo Grande soccer team beats English team

The Arroyo Grande High boys soccer team emerged victorious from its international friendly Wednesday, defeating Salesian College — a Catholic high school team from England — 3-1 on the fields at Talley Farms near Lake Lopez.

Returning senior Miguel Oliveras scored goals in the 36th and 39th minutes to give the Eagles a 2-0 halftime lead. Raul Munoz netted another one for Arroyo Grande before Salesian, located an hour outside London, was able to get on the board late in the 80-minute game.

“They were physical,” Eagles coach Brad Bowdey said. “They’re big, way bigger than we were. They had some opportunities. I just thought we played a little bit quicker than they did.

“It was a really, really good experience for the team. It’s the first time that I’ve known that a high school in the area has been able to play an international friendly.”