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Perez strikes again, but Cal Poly falls to Seattle, 2-1

Posted: 9:50 PM, Sep 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-24 02:49:18-04
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Junior midfielder Emmanuel Perez's 55th-minute goal – his sixth in the Cal Poly men's soccer program's last four games – provided the Mustangs the initial lead versus Seattle on Monday evening, but the Redhawks scored twice in a six-minute span to prevail inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 2-1.

Sophomore goalkeeper Carlos Arce-Hurtado chalked up three saves for the Mustangs (3-3-0), who nearly produced Monday’s opening goal two minutes into the second half before graduate forward Spencer Held’s header was cited as one of Cal Poly’s seven offsides infractions.

However, through Perez – who has now scored in four successive matches – Cal Poly grabbed the lead nine minutes after the restart. Junior forward Jacob Lindberg earned his second career assist after sending in a low cross that Perez headed past Seattle goalkeeper Akili Kasim.

With his six goals, Perez is one shy of co-leading all NCAA Division I players.

The Redhawks, who outshot Cal Poly, 16-9, equalized after just six minutes with midfielder Harrison Kurtz crossing for midfielder Hamish Ritchie.

Seattle (3-3-2) then forced Monday’s game-winning goal in the 67th minute after a

Cal Poly defender was judged to have had a ball contact his arm inside the penalty area. Forward Declan McGlynn stepped to the spot and converted his penalty attempt past Arce-Hurtado.

Cal Poly, which saw a three-match winning streak snapped, concludes its five-match home stand on Thursday, Sept. 26 with a 7 p.m. matchup versus Loyola Marymount.

-Provided by Cal Poly