College Sports

College Roundup: Cal Poly wins Big West women’s soccer opener

Nicole Wheeler scored her first goal of the season to open the game for the Mustangs on Friday night in the 26th minute with a header off a pass from Megan Abutin as the Cal Poly women’s soccer team beat Long Beach State on the road 3-0.

Allie Begin added a second goal for the Mustangs six minutes into the second half. Assisted by Lydia Anderson, Begin scored her second goal of the year.

Sara Lancaster scored the final goal off another assist by Abutin and also tallied her first goal of the season for the Mustangs in the 76th minute. It was Abutin’s sixth assist of the year.

Long Beach State (4-5-3, 0-1) was ranked 23rd in the nation two weeks ago. Cal Poly (6-6, 1-0), which claimed the Big West Conference regular-season title a year ago, returns home to host Cal State Northridge on Sunday at noon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Cuesta 5, Hancock 0

Kolina Rendon scored two insurance goals in the second half to secure the home win for the Cougars.

Serena Hughes opened the scoring the first minute, and Olivia Montion followed with a goal and two assists. Taylor Broom was the other goal scorer for Cuesta (6-3-2, 1-0-2 Western State Conference).


UC Davis 3, Cal Poly 1

Taylor Gruenewald led Cal Poly with 10 kills in a losing effort during its Big West Conference home-opening match against UC Davis inside Mott Athletics Center, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20.

Freshmen Caihla Petiprin and Raeann Greisen added nine kills each.

The Mustangs (5-7, 0-2) finished with double-digit dig totals led by junior Nicole Kessler, who had 15.

Cal Poly closes its two-match home stand against UC Riverside tonight at 7.

Cuesta 3, Ventura 1

Whitney Meyer and Jackie Gocobachi led Cuesta with 10 kills each, while Meyer also had 11 digs and three aces in a 25-17, 25-13, 22-25, 25-15 win at home.

Gabby David added 11 digs, nine kills and two aces for the Cougars (5-7, 1-0 WSC).


Cuesta Rabobank Tournament

Shannon Rees and Shanae Lauridsen had five goals on the day as Cuesta split the first two games.

Cuesta opened with a 14-3 win over Santa Rosa, and then fell to Fullerton 22-8.

Marti-Rae Grois had 22 total saves for Cuesta, which advances to today’s final day of the tournament as the second-place team in their bracket.


Arroyo Grande High graduate and Cal Poly sophomore Mitch Martin was named Big West Golfer of the Month after a career-best second-place finish at the Nick Watney Invitational finishing one stroke behind champion Byron Meth.

In addition to his 9-under 207 at the Nick Watney Invitational, Martin placed 13th out of 92 golfers and shot a 1-over 217 at the Saint Mary’s Invitational earlier this season.