Late Gonzaga goal dooms Cal Poly men's soccer team

Bulldogs’ Ludwigs scores in 107th minute as Mustangs follow upset of UCLA with 1-0 OT loss at home

sports@thetribunenews.comSeptember 8, 2013 

Junior midfielder Lars Ludwigs scored in the 107th minute to propel Gonzaga’s men’s soccer team to a 1-0 overtime win over host Cal Poly on Sunday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Ludwigs scored on an assist from Nick Hamer, the only goal for the Bulldogs (2-1-0) despite 11 shots, including seven shots on goal.

Cal Poly (2-2-0) was unable to build momentum off its 3-0 upset victory at sixth-ranked UCLA on Thursday.

Standout sophomore goalkeeper Wade Hamilton made a season-high six saves for Cal Poly, which tallied nine shots, including four shots on goal.

The Mustangs held the Bulldogs without a shot attempt after halftime until Gonzaga tested Hamilton four times in the first overtime period, including a 96th-minute shot from Hamer that went off the left post.

Hamer eventually slid a pass from the right side of the penalty box to Ludwigs, who deposited his goal into the lower left corner of the net.

Gonzaga held Cal Poly without a shot until George Malki fired wide right of the post in the 15th minute.

The Mustangs had another chance to score in the 18th, but Mackenzie Pridham’s long attempt was saved by Gonzaga goalkeeper Ryan Caballero.

Caballero, a senior who made four saves, also stopped a shot from Cal Poly’s Chris Bernardi in the 38th minute. Mustangs winger Ari Lassiter saw his shot from inside the box stopped near the end of the first half, too.

Cal Poly’s Ronald Medrano Williams added a shot on goal in the 85th minute.

Gonzaga had nine corner-kick opportunities to only two for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs began a five-match homestand Sunday. Cal Poly hosts Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. Friday and San Jose State at 4 p.m. Sept. 15.

Cal Poly opens Big West Conference play against visiting UC Riverside at 8 p.m. Oct. 4, then hosts Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service