SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule on Sunday back home at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, as the Mustang women's soccer team will host Seattle U at 12 noon.
For Youth Day on Sept. 29 against the defending WAC Tournament champions, admission is free for kids 13-and-under.
Cal Poly comes back to the Central Coast after a 4-2 loss at Cal Baptist on Sept. 22, where the Mustangs received their goals from freshman Nikki Trucco and sophomore Megan Hansen. Assisted by Camille Lafaix, Trucco brought the Mustangs (2-7-1) level 1-1 with the Lancers in the 15th minute by shaking loose her defender before finishing into the right side of the net, before Hansen tallied the last score of the game via penalty in the 83rd.
Seven different Mustangs have scored on the year, led by Lafaix's brace (with an assist) in Cal Poly's 3-1 win over Idaho State on Sept. 15 at Montana. Olivia Ortiz, Sidra Bugsch, Kylie Rojas and Brooke Oleson also have one goal each, while Brooke Rubinstein and Madison Demijohn have recorded one assist apiece.
Lafaix's day in the victory over the Bengals marked the first game in which a Mustang has reached five 'points' in the NCAA statistic (one goal equals 2 'points'; an assist equals 1) since Oct. 4, 2015, when future NWSL pro Elise Krieghoff, a USWNT U-23 camp invitee, also had two goals plus an assist at Hawai'i.
Bugsch, Lafaix and Hansen are tied for the team high in starts this fall, all with 10. Hansen has played the most minutes among the Mustang XI so far this year: 761, mostly central to the midfield.
SCOUTING SEATTLE U: The Redhawks begin the week 4-4-1, including a 2-2-1 mark on the road. They host LMU on Thursday before traveling south.
Jessie Ray, selected as WAC Player of the Week on Sept. 9 (for the third time in her career), leads the Seattle U attack with three goals and three assists in 2019, while Bailey Hall has scored twice and assisted on three more goals.
In goal for the Redhawks, Madison Waguespack has a .727 save percentage along with a 1.74 GAA. She earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 2 following a 1-0 win over Portland State. The Seattle U back line is led by 2018 first-team all-conference defender Rachel Bowler.
Cal Poly holds a 3-1-1 lead in the all-time series between the two programs, with the most recent meeting taking place just last year: a 1-1 draw in the Pacific Northwest. Both goal-scorers from 2018's matchup will be on the pitch Sunday, as Leahi Manthei staked the Redhawks to the lead in the 54th minute, before Jessica Johnson equalized for the Mustangs in the 87th.
BROWN CLIMBING IN RECORD BOOK: Including her four saves at Cal Baptist, goalkeeper Sophia Brown begins this week with 323 career saves, No. 2 all-time at Cal Poly. She's 57 back of Alyssa Giannetti's school-record total of 380 saves from 2012-15. Brown, a senior from Pleasanton, currently ranks fifth throughout the conference in save percentage at .758, while her career saves total is No. 5 among active NCAA keepers across Division I.
LONG BEACH LOOKS TO REPEAT: The top four schools in the regular-season conference table — which awards 3 points per victory and 1 per draw — qualify for the Big West Tournament, with the semifinals scheduled for Nov. 7 and the championship game Nov. 10.
The Mustangs begin Big West play at home, hosting defending conference champion Long Beach State on Oct. 3. LBSU achieved the 'double' in 2018, winning both the regular-season and Big West Tournament titles. Cal Poly finished last year tied for sixth in the conference standings. This year's regular-season No. 1 seed will host the conference tournament immediately after finishing in first place, a change from in years past where the previous season's regular-season champ won hosting rights for the year ahead.
SAVE THE DATES: The rest of this season's remaining home slate also features additional giveaways and more community events inside Spanos Stadium:
Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Long Beach State (7 p.m.)
At the conference opener, free scarves will be handed out to the first 250 fans.
Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. Cal State Fullerton (2 p.m.)
Admission is free for kids 13-and-under on Mustang Family Weekend.
Friday, Nov. 1 vs. UC Irvine (7 p.m.)
Coinciding with the Mustangs' Alumni Weekend, all Cal Poly professors receive free admission on Faculty Appreciation Night.
Sunday, Nov. 3 vs. UC Riverside (2 p.m.)
Admission is again free for kids 13-and-under as Cal Poly celebrates Senior Day.
FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Mustang tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Families are encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($10 per child 8th-grade-or-under), as over $300 in benefits include ongoing free admission to all 2019-20 regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events; opportunities to be an honorary captain at Mustang home games; a birthday card from Musty; free gelato at SLO Sweets every month (along with birthday scavenger hunts) and a T-Shirt.
Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang, Cal Poly's student fan group, features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Adidas, Amazon, Breakfast Buzz, Eureka Burger, Frank's Famous Hot Dogs, Mr. Pickles, Old San Luis BBQ, SLO Sweets, Splash Café, Visa and Woodstock's Pizza, a member T-shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking-in at games.
Photos © Owen Main