NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Senior goalkeeper Patrick McLain registered a match-high four saves on Saturday evening as the Cal Poly men's soccer team stayed in the Big West Conference Tournament picture by producing a scoreless draw versus Cal State Northridge at Matador Soccer Field.
With the draw, Cal Poly (3-4-1, 6-7-3) – unbeaten during its last five trips to Cal State Northridge (7-7-3, 3-3-2) – improved to 10 points in the Big West standings to remain one behind the fifth-place Matadors. No. 23 UC Santa Barbara (11-5-1, 4-4-0), Cal Poly's Nov. 4 opponent, jumped to fourth place in the conference table on 12 points. The top-four programs in the Big West standings qualify for the Nov. 9 and 12 conference tournament.
Cal State Northridge failed to test McLain for the opening 40 minutes before the senior turned the Matadors away twice right before halftime. The Mustangs, however, were held without a shot on goal until senior right back Cameron Walters was stopped by Cal State Northridge goalkeeper Michael Abalos in the 83rd minute.
During the first overtime period, Mustang senior midfielder Ryan Anderson placed one of Cal Poly's three shots on goal. Cal Poly's final chance to break through came a second from full time, but Abalos registered his third save of the evening by stopping Mustang freshman forward Keegan Smith.
Cal Poly wraps its 2011 home schedule by hosting No. 7 and Big West-leading UC Irvine on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Match time at Alex G. Spanos Stadium is set for 7 p.m.