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Minter Brace, Palacios Goal Send Cal Poly Past North Carolina State

Minter Brace, Palacios Goal Send Cal Poly Past North Carolina State

RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior winger Chase Minter (right) recorded his first career two-goal game and senior midfielder Steve Palacios scored his first collegiate goal as the Cal Poly men's soccer program earned its first victory of 2014 with a 3-1 triumph versus North Carolina State at Dail Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Junior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton chalked up a season-high nine saves for Cal Poly (1-1-0), which led 2-0 inside 17 minutes before receiving Minter's second goal of the day shortly before halftime. Outshot 17-8, Cal Poly nevertheless placed six attempts on target in the first meeting between the two programs.

The Mustangs (1-1-0) forced Wolf Pack junior goalkeeper Alex McCauley into two early saves before breaking through in the 16th minute as junior midfielder Kip Colvey found junior forward Matt LaGrassa, who crossed to Minter for a headed goal. The goal was Minter's first since scoring in a 5-1 rout of Air Force on Sept. 27, 2013.

Just 56 seconds later, Minter played provider for Palacios with a pass from the left side of the penalty area. Palacios, with his first shot attempt of the year, fired past McCauley into the left corner of the goal to double Cal Poly's advantage.

Held without a shot attempt for the next 26 minutes, Cal Poly added goal No. 3 in the 44th with freshmen Kaba Alkebulan and Joseph Bolous combining to find Minter, who slotted inside McCauley's left post. For Alkebulan, the goal marked his first career assist while, for Bolous, his first collegiate point.

North Carolina State (0-1-1) which outshot Cal Poly 11-2 in the second half, recorded its only goal on a 64th-minute penalty by sophomore midfielder Michael Bajza.

Hamilton recorded two saves inside the final 90 seconds to preserve Cal Poly's two-goal victory.

Cal Poly returns home to open its 11-match home slate at Alex G. Spanos Stadium against Northern Illinois on Friday, Sept. 5 (7 p.m.) and Massachusetts on Sunday, Sept. 7 (12 noon).