Needing a win to keep its season alive, the visiting Cal Poly men’s soccer team took UC Davis to overtime Wednesday afternoon but could not find the go-ahead tally necessary to punch a ticket to the Big West Tournament.
Dashiell MacNamara scored in the second overtime period as the Aggies defeated the Mustangs 2-1.
“We played extremely well today. We had them penned in most of the first half and all of the second,” Cal Poly interim head coach Phil Ruskin said in a news release. “We had great, great chances. We had possession in their half of the field.
“We continued to create and create opportunities. There was no quit in our group today.”
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Matt LaGrassa scored in the 59th minute on an assist from Sean Dhillon for Cal Poly (8-7-4, 3-5-2 Big West Conference) after UC Davis took a 1-0 lead seven minutes earlier on an unassisted tally by Ian Palmer.
The Mustangs outshot the Aggies 22-19, putting seven on frame to UC Davis’ 10. Junior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton’s seven saves upped his conference-leading total to 96.
Armando Quezada made six saves for the Aggies (7-3-9, 5-3-2), including a stop on a Justin Dhillon header in the first overtime.
A win would have vaulted Cal Poly into second place in the Big West North Division standings — a spot that now belongs to UC Davis. UC Santa Barbara clinched first with a win over Sacramento State, which finishes two points ahead of the Mustangs in third.