Soccer's Conference Tournament Hopes Fall In 3-1 Loss To Cal Poly
Oct. 29, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State soccer dropped its first home match of the year, and fell out of contention for a Big West Conference Tournament berth, with a 3-1 loss to two-time defending Big West Conference champion Cal Poly here Friday. The loss is USU's first conference loss at home since losing to Cal Poly (4-2) on Oct. 20 of the 2002 season, a span of seven matches.
Friday's loss also dropped the Aggies to 6-10-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Big West, while Cal Poly improved to 8-2-6 and 4-1-3.
With a soggy field and temperatures hovering near freezing, both the Aggies and Mustangs struggled to get anything going in the first 30 minutes of play.
A foul by Utah State, that setup a free-kick for Cal Poly just outside the 18-yard box, proved costly as the Mustangs' Stephanie Hedien rocketed the free shot into the upper left side of the net to give Cal Poly the 1-0 lead at 36:42.
Cal Poly controlled the ball most off the first half and a through ball from Sarah Squires to Becky Clark put the Mustangs up 2-0 just before intermission at 43:25.
The Mustangs doubled the Aggies' shot output in the first half 10-5.
Utah State came out more controlled and aggressive in the second half and it paid off in the 59th minute. Cal Poly was called for a foul in the goalie box that gave USU its first penalty kick of the season. Charity Weston took the free shot for the Aggies and laced it by Cal Poly's Liz Hill to pull USU within striking distance.
The slow playing surface was to blame for the final and decisive goal of the match by Cal Poly. Utah State's defense tried to play a ball back to keeper Megan Mills that was picked off by Cal Poly's Sharon Day. Day directed a shot past Mills at 72:51 to put the match out of reach.
Cal Poly finished the match with 21 shots, while the Aggies notched just 11. Cal Poly's Heather Bryan and Day led the way with four shots apiece, while Weston led the Aggies with four shots.
Cal Poly's Hill recorded the win in net recording three saves, while Mills garnered the loss with four saves.
The Aggies will recognize six seniors in their season-finale on Sunday. USU faces UC Santa Barbara at noon.
CAL POLY 3, UTAH STATE 1 CP 2 1 - 3 USU 0 1 - 1