Cal Poly Sneaks Past Army, 1-0

Michael Kim

Michael Kim

Sept. 16, 2012

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Mackenzie Pridham scored the game-winning goal at the 79:51 mark, and Wade Hamilton saved a penalty kick with less than three minutes remaining as Cal Poly hung on to defeat Army, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Cal Poly (4-2-0) extended its win streak to four in a row following today's decision. The Mustangs are now 2-1 in one-goal games this season. Army, meanwhile, suffered its fourth straight setback and drops to 2-5-0 on the year.

"I am very proud of the approach our team took today," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "Cal Poly is a talented team and we came very close to getting a positive result in a tough environment. We played more connected today, and created quality chances that we can do a better job of putting away. We will continue to work on rewarding ourselves for positive play on both sides of the ball as we prepare for conference play."

Pridham, the Mustangs' leading scorer, headed a looping cross from Mike Hocker past sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt for his third goal of the season.

The Black Knights' best chance to tally the equalizer came in the 88th minute when the Mustangs' Benny Estes was whistled for a yellow card in the box. Army senior midfielder Michael Kim took the ensuing penalty kick, but Hamilton was able to make the save and preserve Cal Poly's tenuous one-goal advantage.

Army produced just one shot over the remainder of the contest as the Mustangs iced the win.

Cal Poly outshot Army, 8-4, during a scoreless first half. The Mustangs also enjoyed a 5-3 margin in corner kicks during the opening stanza. Boldt kept the Black Knights in the game by turning aside all four shots he faced.

Army held a 9-6 edge in shots during the second half, but Cal Poly finished with a 14-13 advantage for the game. The Mustangs also ended the contest with a 6-4 margin in corner kicks.

Kim fired a team-high four shots to pace the Black Knights' offense. Senior forward Brennan Randel chipped in three shots to help aid Army's 13-shot attack.

Pridham registered a team-best four shots for Cal Poly.

Hamilton (1-2-0) made three saves to earn his first victory of the young season. Boldt (2-5-0) finished with five stops for the Black Knights.

Army will continue its five-game road trip on Saturday, Sept. 22, when the Black Knights usher in their Patriot League slate at Holy Cross. The conference showdown is scheduled to get under way beginning at 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army moves to 0-1-0 all-time versus Cal Poly.

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