The Cal Poly men’s soccer team got a hat trick from junior forward David Zamora in a 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Zamora scored all three goals in the second half, including a header in the 68th minute on a pass from freshman midfielder Chris Gaschen.
Just two minutes later, Zamora scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a penalty kick after a Cal State Northridge (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Big West Conference) player was whistled for a handball in the box.
The Mustangs (7-8-1, 5-2) remain tied with No. 6 UC Santa Barbara for the conference lead after the Gauchos defeated Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night.
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“David is just a clutch player who rises to the occasion in big matches,” Mustangs head coach Paul Holocher said in a news release. “He’s a leader who plays best when it matters most.”
The hat trick, Cal Poly’s second in two weeks, is only the program’s seventh overall.
No. 19 UC Irvine 3, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs dropped their fourth consecutive five-set decision in a 22-25, 25-10, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11 loss in Irvine.A day after falling to three-win UC Riverside in five sets, the Mustangs (6-17, 2-8 Big West Conference) took the first set from the 19th-ranked Anteaters (17-4, 7-2) before setbacks in the second and third.
Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Keddy had a team-high 12 kills on a .429 hitting percentage, and freshman outside hitter Chelsea Hardin added 11 for the Mustangs.
Facing match point down 24-23 in the fourth set, Cal Poly rallied with three straight points to win the set.
The Anteaters, who were led by Juliane Piggot’s 15 kills, jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the final set and never relinquished it.