The Cal Poly men’s soccer team won its Big West Conference opener 5-1 over UC Riverside as Mackenzie Pridham and Ari Lassiter each had two goals Friday night at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Mustangs (8-3, 1-0) led 1-0 at halftime despite outshooting the Highlanders 11-2 in the first half. Kip Colvey assisted the first-half Pridham goal.
The score remained 1-0 until Lassiter scored midway through the second half. The Mustangs then piled up another three goals to blow the game open. George Malki scored in the 90th on a breakaway when the game was already in hand. Justin Dhillon had two assists for Cal Poly.
Otis Earle scored within 30 seconds of Lassiter’s second goal for UC Riverside
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(5-3-2, 0-1) to briefly bring the Highlanders within three goals before Malki’s goal.
Cal Poly 2, Long Beach State 0
Elise Krieghoff scored two goals within two minutes in the second half to lead the Mustangs over the 49ers in both teams’ Big West opener.
Krieghoff scored in the 56th and 57th minutes for the Mustangs (5-6, 1-0) for her 12th and 13th goals of the season. Krieghoff finished with six shots, with three of them on goal.
Alyssa Giannetti made four saves for the shutout. Allie Begin and Sara Lancaster had the assists on the goals.
Paige Conway had four shots, including two on goal for Long Beach State (6-5, 0-1).
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The Mustangs finished second in the men’s and women’s races at the Haggin Oaks Golf Club, hosted by Sacramento State.
The women’s team lost to UCLA 77-78 in the 5K race, won by Cal’s Kelsey Santisteban in 16 minutes, 23 seconds. UC Davis was third (88), followed by Sacramento State (102) and Cal (145).
Mission Prep graduate Annie Mooney finished in fifth place for UCLA in 16:53. San Luis Obispo High graduate Christine Hoffman came in 58th in 17:56 for UC Davis.
Mary Jo Wright led the Mustangs with a ninth-place finish in 17:08. Last year’s Big West champion, Laura Hollander, did not race for Cal Poly.
Ashley Windsor was 14th for Cal Poly in 17:13, Ashley Bergstrom was 16th (17:19), Diana George was 18th (17:20) and Rachel Bush was 21st (17:25).
Sean Davidson led Cal Poly with a second-place finish on the 8K men’s course in 23:30. St. Mary’s Rajpaul won the race in 23:28. Chris Frias finished fourth for the Mustangs in 23:36, and Mitchell Moriarty was 13th in 23:58.
UCLA beat the Cal Poly men 54-67. UC Santa Barbara was third (86), followed by UC Davis (111) and Cal (123).