SAN LUIS OBISPO – Sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Perez found the back of the net twice and junior midfielder Diego Alonso and sophomore defender Addison Parrish also scored their first goals for the Cal Poly men's soccer program Friday evening as the Mustangs opened the 2018 regular season and the program's 25th Division I year with a 4-1 victory versus Fresno Pacific inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jason Hernandez chalked up four saves in 70 minutes of action for Cal Poly (1-0-0), which opened the season with a victory for the first time since 2015.
Perez's double marked the first multi-goal game by a Mustang since former forward and current LA Galaxy squad member Justin Dhillon produced a hat trick versus Fresno Pacific in a 4-1 victory on Sept. 11, 2016.
Perez opened the scoring for Cal Poly on 18 minutes. Initially, it was defender Freeman Dwamena who crossed into the penalty box for fellow sophomore Andrew Forth. Forth knocked the ball down and found Perez, who notched Cal Poly's first goal of 2018 from five yards.
Five minutes later, Alonso made it 2-0 Cal Poly after taking a cross from senior forward Sean Goode and slotting past Fresno Pacific goalkeeper Patrick Timmer from 15 yards.
The Mustangs required just 77 more seconds to go ahead 3-0 as Parrish dribbled into the Fresno Pacific penalty box from the left, slalomed right and fired past Timmer from 20 yards.
Hernandez was called to make three first-half saves, the most prominent of which came in the 26th minute after outdueling Fresno Pacific forward Eric Sanchez in a one-on-one situation.
The Sunbirds pulled their lone goal back 10 minutes from halftime with sophomore midfielder Eduardo Villar laying off a pass for senior midfielder Joao Ravasio, who lashed his goal from outside the Mustang penalty area.
Cal Poly, however, regained its three-goal advantage nine minutes after the restart as Dwamena sent a long cross into the box for Perez, who headed past Timmer from eight yards.
The Mustangs outshot Fresno Pacific, 17-11.
Senior goalkeeper Simon Boehme, substituted for Hernandez in the 70th minute, produced a late save for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly opens a five-game road trip – the program's lengthiest in 10 years – when visiting Gonzaga on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. The Pacific Northwest tour continues at continues at No. 22 Seattle (Friday, Aug. 31) and Portland (Monday, Sept. 3).