Hauser Corrals Big West Player of the Week Honor
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – After recording a career-high eight saves during his first collegiate start to help the Cal Poly men's soccer team stun then-No. 7 UC Irvine, 1-0, on Sept. 28, Mustang freshman goalkeeper Chase Hauser was named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week early Monday afternoon.
Senior center back Patrick Sigler's 53rd-minute penalty stood as the winning margin for Cal Poly (4-3-2, 1-0-0) which, playing a man down for the final 33 minutes, defeated the highest-ranked opponent in program history. The victory was also Cal Poly's first at UC Irvine since prevailing on Nov. 3, 2004, 2-1.
Hauser, who faced 18 total shots from the Anteaters, notched half of his eight saves during the final 32 minutes to preserve the decision. A native of Chino Hills, Calif., Hauser's only other previous collegiate experience consisted of a 45-minute, second-half stint during Cal Poly's 3-1 loss against Denver on Sept. 25.
Hauser is the second Mustang goalkeeper to earn the weekly honor this season, following senior Patrick McLain's Sept. 12 selection.
Cal Poly returns to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to open a four-match home stand against UC Davis on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.