The Cal Poly women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Cal State Northridge on Thursday, ending the Mustangs’ season in the semifinal round of the Big West Tournament at UC Irvine.
Cal Poly (9-7-3) entered the tournament as the third seed and Cal State Northridge (10-4-6) was seeded second. The two teams were evenly matched and played to a draw in their last meeting.
Melissa Fernandez scored the only goal for Cal State Northridge in the 25th minute off a pass from Brittanie Sakajian. It was Fernandez’s seventh goal of the season.
The Mustangs started the second half strong, forcing Cal State Northridge to play more defense. The Matadors accumulated eight fouls in the second half alone, totaling 13 by the end of the game to Cal Poly’s nine.
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Freshman Elise Krieg-hoff ended with six shots on goal for Cal Poly but was unable to get any past Matadors goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo, who had four saves. Alyssa Giannetti had five saves in goal for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly coach Alex Crozier called the season: “A rollercoaster. The players responded well to everything this season and played some great soccer.”
Cal State Northridge will play either UC Irvine or Cal State Fullerton in Saturday’s championship match with the winner earning the Big West’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Cal State Northridge 3, Cal Poly 0
The visiting Mustangs (3-20, 2-9 Big West) were swept by the Matadors 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 for their second straight loss after a brief two-game winning streak.
The Mustangs had leads of 8-1 and 12-2 in the third set before Cal State Northridge (17-8, 8-5) rallied for the sweep.
Holly Franks led Cal Poly with 10 kills, and Megan McConnell had seven digs, four kills and three aces. Nicole Kessler had a match-high 11 digs, and Shannon Garrett had 10 digs and two kills.
Mahina Haina led the Matadors with 11 kills, and Sydney Gedryn had 30 assists and four kills. Britney Graff had 10 kills and nine digs as the Matadors won for the fourth time in their past five games.