Mustangs Fall Short in Sunday's Blue-Green Showdown


Mustangs Fall Short in Sunday’s Blue-Green Showdown

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In a thrilling Sunday evening matchup, UC Santa Barbara’s Lucas Gonzalez secured victory with an 82nd-minute goal, leaving Cal Poly’s men’s soccer program disappointed. The game, witnessed by 8,128 fans at Mustang Memorial Field Presented by French Hospital, set the second-highest NCAA attendance record this season.

Junior goalkeeper Gabe Penner made two critical saves to maintain a scoreless tie for 81 minutes. However, in the 82nd minute, UC Santa Barbara’s Salvador Aguilar made a critical pass to Gonzalez, who found the net, sealing the win for his team.

Despite one final attempt by Cal Poly’s sophomore forward Sean McTague in the 87th minute, UC Santa Barbara’s goalkeeper Leroy Zeller thwarted the effort.

The defeat leaves Cal Poly (4-6-3, 2-2-2) with eight points in the Big West standings, securing fifth place. In contrast, UC Santa Barbara (8-6-1, 3-2-1) climbed to second place with 13 points.

The top six teams in the 10-team Big West table qualify for the Big West Championship on November 1, 4, and 11. Cal Poly will next face UC Irvine, currently in sixth place with seven points, on Wednesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.

Notably, Sunday’s attendance marked the 40th highest regular season figure in NCAA history.


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