Mustang News Staff Report
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The Cal Poly soccer team improved its conference record to 3-1-1 Saturday with a road win at Sacramento State, following its first conference loss at Cal State Fullerton last Saturday.
Junior midfielder Chase Minter — fresh off Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors — scored his seventh goal of the season and assisted sophomore midfielder Sean Dhillon’s go-ahead goal in the 75th minute.
Minter’s goal came early on in the 35th minute off an assist by sophomore forward Kaba Alkebulan and was the lone goal of the first half. Alkebulan delivered a ball into the penalty area where Minter latched on and fired from 10 yards out.
The goal was his fourth in his last three games and follows last week’s impressive performance in which he scored all three of Cal Poly’s goals in two games.
Cal Poly entered halftime with the lead but surrendered it in the 61st minute.
Sacramento State’s senior defender Mason McCann crossed a ball into the box that was headed in by the Cody Hoster.
Cal Poly went a stretch of fifteen minutes before Minter made his second impact of the game. On a pre-set play Minter played a corner to the top of the box and Dhillon, without a first touch, fired a shot into the net.
The assist was Minter’s team-leading fourth of the year.
With the Mustangs leading 2-1, Cal Poly added the finishing touch with a little help from the Hornets. An own goal in the 87th minute was scored following junior defender Kip Colvey’s cross.
Sacramento State fell to 4-8-2 and 2-3 in the Big West. Cal Poly is now unbeaten in six of its last seven games and is sitting atop the Big West North division standings with 10 points.
On Wednesday, the Mustangs welcome UC Davis to Alex G. Spanos Stadium, where they are 5-1-2 this year.
Rafael Salinas contributed to this report.