With a 1-0 win over Long Beach State at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Sunday, the Cal Poly women’s soccer team remains on track to settle the Big West Conference regular season title in the season finale at UC Santa Barbara and even momentarily moved ahead of the Gauchos in the standings. Tiffany Gummow scored her fourth goal of the season in the 47th minute, and the Mustangs (11-5-0, 5-1-0 Big West) came out on the right side of a controversial call to sink the 49ers (5-8-2, 1-3-0 Big West).
With 15 points, Cal Poly holds a three-point advantage in the conference standings over UC Santa Barbara (8-7-1, 4-1-0 Big West), which beat Seattle 3-2 in nonconference play Sunday.
If the Mustangs remain ahead of the Gauchos after next Sunday’s meeting between the teams at Harder Stadium, Cal Poly will likely host the Big West Tournament.
The Mustangs just can’t afford to overlook Friday’s conference road match at Pacific.
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UC Santa Barbara still has road games remaining against UC Davis and Pacific before returning home to face Cal Poly. With 12 points and two games to play, Cal State Northridge is also in the running for the title.
In the Mustangs’ match with Long Beach State on Sunday, Gummow regained a tie for the team lead in goals when she beat two 49ers defenders dribbling down the left side of the field and squeezed a shot inside the far post that deflected off Long Beach State keeper Emily Kingsborough.
Freshman Cici Kobinski scored her fourth goal of the season in a 1-0 win over UC Davis Thursday. Morgan Miller and Julieanne Grinstead each have three.
In the game Sunday, play was halted for more than four minutes as officials met to determine whether the 49ers had scored an equalizer.
In the 73rd minute, Karina Camacho sent a corner kick into the box and Long Beach State’s Lindsay Bullock directed a header toward the Cal Poly goal.
Mustangs keeper Coral Hoover, one of seven seniors honored before the team’s final regular season home game, deflected the ball toward the post and off a teammate.
The 49ers claimed the ball crossed the line, but the officials ruled otherwise and restarted play with a drop ball 10 yards in front of the Cal Poly goal, after which the ball was played out of bounds.
Long Beach State outshot the Mustangs 15-8, and held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Hoover was credited with six saves and earned her eighth shutout of the season.