The Cal Poly men’s soccer team opened Big West Conference play with an historic win Wednesday night, edging seventh-ranked UC Irvine, 1-0.
It’s the highest-ranked opponent the Mustangs have ever beaten, and they were able to do so on a goal that came on a penalty kick from senior center back Patrick Sigler in the 53rd minute.
Cal Poly (4-3-2) won despite playing a man down in the final 33 minutes after Cameron Walters received a red card.
The Mustangs made their only shot on goal count, and took just three shots during the entirety of the game, while Chase Hauser collected a career-high eight saves in goal.
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“The guys showed a lot of heart and commitment to get the job done against a very good UC Irvine team that has a lot of attacking weapons,” Mustangs coach Paul Holocher said in a news release.
The Anteaters (8-2-0) shot 18 times and had six corner kicks to none for the Mustangs. UC Irvine star midfielder Miguel Ibarra, a highly touted pro prospect, was held to two shots, one on goal.
Cuesta 3, Glendale 1
After losing 25-14 in the first set, the Cougars (4-3) rallied 25-16, 25-18, 25-22 for the road win.
“We showed a ton of character in coming back,” Cougars coach Roche Nystrom said.
Tess Gilkey had 21 kills and 14 digs for Cuesta, while setter Ensley Allmon had nine kills.
Former Coast Union High star Ashlan Cate and San Luis Obispo High grad Kristin Urias had 18 and 16 digs, respectively.
“It was a great defensive night,” Nystrom said. “That was the key.”
MEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 7, Los Angeles Valley 6
Arroyo Grande High grad Eric Marsh, the reigning Cougars Male Athlete of the Year, scored twice in the win that opened Western State Conference play.
His former Eagles teammate, Luka Vukomanovic, scored the game-winner on a cross pass with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Matt Giancanelli also scored two goals for Cuesta (6-7), the defending WSC champion.
Thomas Ross made six saves in goal.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 13, Los Angeles Valley 5
The Cougars won their WSC opener thanks to three goals each from the school’s reigning Female Athlete of the Year, Alexandria Bernard, and Alex O’Connor.
Erin Casey was one of six other Cuesta (10-3) players to score, adding two goals. Randi Krueger had five saves in the win.