Despite coming off a five-goal victory over UC Riverside Sunday, the Cal Poly men’s soccer team (5-5-2, 2-2 Big West) couldn’t put one past Cal State Northridge goalkeeper Michael Albalos as the Mustangs were shut out for the sixth time this season in a 2-0 loss Tuesday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Matadors (6-5-1, 3-1) snapped an eight-game losing streak versus the Mustangs and surpassed Cal Poly in the Big West standings to move into a tie for first with UC Irvine. The Mustangs are now in a tie for third with UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis.
The Mustangs fell behind 1-0 when midfielder Thomas Ramos scored off an assist from midfielder Rafael Garcia in the seventh minute.
Cal State Northridge padded its lead when Brian Behrad picked up a loose ball and beat Cal Poly’s last defender to put another shot past Mustangs goalie Patrick McClain in the 66th minute.
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Cal Poly forward Chris Gaschen tallied two of Cal Poly’s four shots on goal, and McClain registered four saves.