The Cal Poly men’s soccer team tied UC Santa Barbara 2-2 on Saturday at Harder Stadium in front of 16,305, the largest regular-season men’s soccer crowd in NCAA history.
Justin Dhillon scored both goals for the Mustangs (8-4-4, 3-2-2 Big West Conference). The initial goal came in the 14th minute off a pass from Kaba Alkebulan. Jack O’Connor assisted the second goal from Dhillon in the 52nd minute.
UC Santa Barbara (7-6-3, 3-2-2) fired back with two consecutive goals in the second half from Ludwig Ahl and Nick De Puy in the 53rd and 66th minutes, respectively.
The two teams will meet again at 5 p.m. a week from today at the Mustangs’ Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Krieghoff added to National Player of the Year pool
Cal Poly forward Elise Krieghoff was one of eight Fans’ Choice players across the country added to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy candidate pool, which is collegiate soccer’s highest honor.
Past recipients of the award include Mia Hamm, Christine Sinclair and Michelle Akers.
The other seven candidates in the pool are UConn sophomore forward Rachel Hill, Seattle senior forward Stephanie Verdoia, UCLA senior midfielder Samantha Mewis, UMBC senior midfielder Jessy Brown, Georgia sophomore midfielder Gabby Seiler, La Salle senior forward Kelsey Haycook and Colgate senior forward Caroline Brawner.
Krieghoff and the rest of the group join the other 35 contenders from the preseason watch list for the accolade.
Whoever gets the most votes between Krieghoff and the other seven players will become one of 15 semifinalists. The NSCAA Committee decides the other 14 nominees.
Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational
Madison Hirsh, Desiree Gillaspy and Jamie Corr all shots 76s to secure a fourth-place finish in the first day of competition at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
The Mustangs had a score of 307 on the par-73 course, seven strokes more than first-place Northern Arizona. CSUN came in second with 305, and Santa Clara was third with 306.
CSUN’s Rebecca Bostrom was the top individual with a 72.
The final round will be played this morning at 8:30 a.m.
Meathead Movers Invitational
The Cuesta wrestling team placed third in its own tournament, with Connor Pollock winning the 141-pound weight class.
Jack Robinett was second for the Cougars at 184 pounds.
Finishing third for Cuesta were Johnny Callas (149), Clayton Hartwell (197) and Amir Bakhski (173).
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Cuesta College at the truWest Battle at the Beach
Rachel Gruetzmacher tied Cuesta’s school record with eight goals in a game in their second game of the day at the Battle at the Beach Tournament in Long Beach.
Cuesta (20-6) beat Chaffey 6-3 and Palomar 16-2.
Gruetzmacher had nine goals for the day, Shanae Lauridsen had four goals, and Shannon Rees had three goals. Goalie Marti-Rae Grois totaled 24 saves.
Junior Bryn Bacharach was Cal Poly’s only multiple winner Friday. Bacharach advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Montana’s Hannah Sulz. She and sister Abby Bacharach then beat Loyola Marymount’s Logan Finnell and Lisa Piller 8-2 in doubles.
Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 0
Taylor Gruenewald and Caihla Petiprin had eight kills apiece for Cal Poly against Hawaii in a 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 loss late Friday.