Cal Poly men's soccer team returns to national ranking

Mustangs rewarded for four-match winning streak with No. 23 spot in TopDrawerSoccer.com poll

nwilson@thetribunenews.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Mackenzie Pridham in a soccer practice drill at Cal Poly. David Middlecamp 8-15-2013

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The Cal Poly men’s soccer team cracked the Top 25 poll on TopDrawerSoccer.com at No. 23 on Monday after posting a four-match winning streak.

The Mustangs (6-2-0) won against San Francisco, 2-0 on Friday and against Yale, 3-2 on Sunday.

Cal Poly also knocked off national power UCLA, 3-0 on Sept. 5.

The Mustangs have scored 14 goals over the past four games, which they hadn’t done over a four-match span since 1995. This year, Cal Poly has scored 21 overall. Last year, the Mustangs scored 25 goals the entire season.

“It’s good to get that recognition and know that people are taking notice of our results,” Cal Poly head coach Paul Holocher said. “We like to think that we have a very good team and we can beat anybody in the country.”

Holocher said the UCLA win showed the Mustangs could not only win against a nationally ranked team (the Bruins were No. 6 at the time), but they could do so convincingly using their style that emphasizes ball possession.

Holocher said the Mustangs have a strong freshmen class and several returning players who had “great springs and summers” in preparation for the season.

Individually, senior defender Connor Drechsler was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com “National Team of the Week.”

Drechsler scored the second goal of Friday’s win over San Francisco and the opening goal in the program’s 3-2 victory over Yale.

Drechsler has started all 63 games for Cal Poly in his four-year career.

Last year, Cal Poly goalkeeper Wade Hamilton was selected for the honor of CollegeSoccerNews.com “National Team of the Week” on Oct. 22, 2012.

“Every game is a new challenge,” Holocher said. “We believe we can and should win each and every game.”

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