The Cal Poly men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker to No. 9 UC Irvine, allowing a goal with less than two minutes remaining to fall 2-1 on Saturday in a Big West Conference match in Irvine.
The Mustangs (4-4-2, 1-1-1) struck early on a goal from Tim White in the fourth minute, holding the lead until just before half when UC Irvine’s Amani Walker tied the match.
The teams played evenly through much of the match, as Cal Poly outshot UC Irvine 9-7, and each team had five attempts on goal.Cal Poly’s Junior Burgos had three of the Mustangs’ five shots on goal.
With time running out, UC Irvine got the game winner from Bello Alhassan in the 88th minute.
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MEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 12, Fullerton 6; Cuesta 18, Cerritos 9
The Cougars won the Citrus College Tournament.
Lawrence Bardelli and Eric Marsh each contributed six goals in the two games, including both tallying four in the championship match against Cerritos.
Tom Ross made a combined 27 saves for the Cougars (12-6).
Spencer Richards and Nick McGilvray had two goals apiece in the win over Fullerton, while Brad Hamar, Nic Lalanne and Luka Vukomanovic scored twice apiece against Cerritos.
Bardelli, Marsh and Ross were all named to the all-tournament first team.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 11, Pasadena 1; Diablo Valley 6, Cuesta 3
In the second day of the Pasadena City Tournament, Ally Bernard played through illness to anchor the Cuesta defense and take the state lead in steals as Cuesta split two matches.
Bernard’s 13 steals brought her season total to 107, which leads the state and ties the Cuesta (10-11) season record.
Cuesta’s defense held Pasadena scoreless until the fourth quarter in the Cougars’ first game of the day.
Erin Hasenkamp added five goals, a career high.
“That was the best lock-down defense I have seen all year,” said coach Pete Schuler of the defensive effort.
Against Diablo Valley, Cuesta fell behind 4-1 in the first and couldn’t come back for the win. The Cougars shot just 3 for 26 in the game, including five power play misses and two penalty shot misses.
Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara Invitational
The Mustangs sent three women into the semifinals of their respective singles brackets but were unable to produce a finalist.
Freshman Kathryn Webb fell in the semifinals to top-seeded Maria Zalameda of Pepperdine.
Alexa Lee advanced to the championship match of the consolation bracket with a 6-4, 6-2 win over UC Santa Barbara’s Kiersten Meehan. She will play BYU’s Callie Craig at 9:30 this morning.