SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Coming off a 1-0 win at UC Davis, the Cal Poly women's soccer team stays on the road this weekend, traveling to UC Santa Barbara for a Blue-Green Rivalry matchup at 1 p.m. Sunday.
A BigWestTV webcast will be streamed from Harder Stadium the afternoon of Oct. 20, which will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the two programs. The series has seen three consecutive double-overtime 1-1 draws, placing the historical ledger at 15-8-7 in favor of Cal Poly.
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.
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.
With 3 conference points, Cal Poly (1-2-0; 4-9-1 overall) comes into the week tied for sixth almost at the halfway point, while the Gauchos (2-0-0; 6-3-3) are tied for second heading into their Thursday road match at CSUN.
In the Mustangs' win over the Aggies on Oct. 13, Nikki Trucco gave Cal Poly the lead by scoring off an assist from Brooke Rubinstein in the 51st minute.
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SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos head to Northridge mid-week on a three-game winning streak comprised of a 6-1 goal differential, with the non-league win being a 3-0 victory over future Big West opponent CSU Bakersfield.
UCSB senior Shaelan Murison leads the conference with 10 goals, in addition to distributing four assists. She has 27 goals & 13 assists for her career.
Isabella Viana is next in the Gaucho attack with three goals plus three assists.
Hanna DeWeese has started every match for Santa Barbara in goal, producing a 0.87 GAA and a save percentage of .780.
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�� #CalPoly with a 20-12 advantage in total shot attempts
�� 8-0 margin in corner kicks for the @CPMustangs
�� Complete-game 90-min. efforts from Emily Talmi, Danielle Anderson & Megan Hansen help lead the back line + midfield
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LAFAIX UP TO 4 GOALS IN FRESHMAN SEASON: Camille Lafaix now has four goals this season as a freshman from the San Jose Earthquakes Development Academy via Archbishop Mitty.
Earlier this year, Lafaix earned a brace and added an assist on Sept. 15, helping Cal Poly top Idaho State 3-1 in a neutral-field match at Montana. Her performance during 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.
BALANCED CONTRIBUTIONS: Eight different Mustangs have scored on the year, led by Lafaix's four goals (and two assists), along with Trucco's two goals. Meanwhile Megan Hansen, Olivia Ortiz, Kylie Rojas, Sidra Bugsch, Brooke Oleson and Jordan Patane also have one goal each, while Brooke Rubinstein, Madison Demijohn and Emily Talmi have also recorded assists.
Bugsch, Lafaix and Hansen are tied for the team high in starts this fall, each with all 14. Hansen has played the most minutes among the Mustang XI so far this year: 1,105, mostly central to the midfield.
BROWN CLIMBING IN RECORD BOOK: Including her six saves vs. UCD, goalkeeper Sophia Brown begins this week with 337 career saves, No. 2 all-time at Cal Poly. The senior from Pleasanton is 43 back of Alyssa Giannetti's school-record total of 380 saves from 2012-15.
Brown — selected as Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30 — also ranks No. 5 in conference history for career saves.
SAVE THE DATES: The rest of this season's remaining home slate also features additional giveaways and more community events inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium:
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.
Links to follow Mustang game broadcasts throughout the season can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
Photos © Owen Main