The UC Irvine men’s soccer team scored twice in the second half to rally for a 2-1 win over visiting Cal Poly on Wednesday night in a Big West Conference game.
Patrick Sigler opened the scoring for the Mustangs (6-8-1, 4-2) in the 26th minute, capitalizing on a Jacob Hustedt pass with a header in the box off a free kick.
Carlos Aguilar found an equalizer unassisted in the 59th minute for the 22nd-ranked Anteaters (10-4, 3-2), though, deflecting a shot off players in the box.
Kevin Santora put UC Irvine ahead and rounded out the scoring with a cross from Aguilar in the box in the 72nd minute.
Mustangs goalkeeper Patrick McLain had two saves, while his Anteaters counterpart, Victor Chinchilla, made three.
Cal Poly mustered just five shots — four of which were on goal, compared to UC Irvine’s 11 shots, including eight fired on goal.
UC Irvine committed 14 fouls to Cal Poly’s 10.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs remained in second in the conference standings, as third-place Cal State Fullerton, which entered the day a game back of Cal Poly, tied last-place UC Riverside 1-1.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 10, Los Angeles Valley 5
Freshman driver Lawrence Bardelli had a game-best six goals for the Cougars, while two other freshmen contributed a goal apiece, as well.
“We’re improving every week,” Cougars coach John Marsh said of his team’s youth.
Arroyo Grande High grad Thomas Martin made nine saves for Cuesta (15-9, 3-1 Western State Conference), which has won seven straight heading into this weekend’s Golden West Tournament in Huntington Beach.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 14, Los Angeles Valley 7
Morgan Thompson scored five of her six goals in the second half as the Cougars (9-15, 2-2 WSC) outscored Los Angeles Valley 10-2 in the second half.
Ashley Smith and Heidi Link each had two goals for Cuesta, which also got seven saves from Aubree McAtee.