By Christian Millan
The Cal Poly Mustangs scored two goals in the final 11 minutes to defeat the UCSB Gauchos 2-1 on Friday night.
9:13 – Patrick Sigler hits a penalty kick in the final minute to put the Mustangs up 2-1.
8:52 – It’s crunch time here at Spanos with the Gauchos leading 1-0 in the 72nd minute. Cal Poly has maintained heavy pressure on the UCSB but have nothing to show for it.
8:45 – Malki just provided the Mustangs with their best chance of the night, but Nolan Moore put a header just high. A little scuffle on the field with Gaschen and Glodack brought some yellow cards out. That’s why they call it a rivalry.
8:25 – Second half begins at Spanos with the Mustangs looking for a little magic. The stands are packed and are looking for a reason to cheer. It’s a sellout or more of a “freeout” as about 8,000 students are watching the action. UPDATE: The sellout is complete, the second in Cal Poly soccer history. Now tied for the 7th most fans at a regular season NCAA soccer match.
Photo by Nha Ha
8:00 – It’s halftime here at Spanos Stadium with the Gauchos up 1-0. Right now a lucky contestant is about to not make his shot into the bed of a pickup truck from 50 yards out…and it will never ever happen.
7:41 – He’s baaaack Chris Gaschen retakes the field with the Mustangs trailing 1-0. Dakota Collins is out along with George Malki.
7:40 – Gauchos are controlling the pace now as they lead 1-0. Here’s a tweet from a fan @claytongraham “I like how the pa guy thinks we can hear him.
The PA guy continues on announcing undaunted by the noise.
7:20 – Kyle Montgomery wants a piece of the action early. He took a shot from about 30 yards out and still made the keeper sweat, putting it just high. But it’s UCSB that gets on the board first. Sam Garza takes a breakaway to the house. Garza is quick to go taunt the Maniacs in the corner. This one is gonna get chippy fast.
7:15 – Poly is getting the best looks early. Dakota Collins has found his way deep into Gaucho territory twice.
7:10 – It’s time. Blue/GREEN is back.
7:00 – Kickoff is any minute, but here’s a quick reminder of the dramatic conclusion of last year’s match. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPH4yCM9AR4. Student section is taking up over half the stands in the bleachers on the far side. Press box side stands were filled up eons ago.
6:40 – Twenty minutes until kickoff and the student sections are nearly 80 percent full, although my co-reporter Stephan Teodosescu says the whole stadium is for students tonight. Both teams are out warming up.
6:01 – One hour until game time and the first fan I talk to is from Santa Barbara. Let’s just say there’s no love lost. He’s a Poly fan without question.
5:52 – We have our first real chant of the night. “Wherever we go, people want to know” etc.
5:30 – Gates are officially open at Spanos and the first chant of the night begins…it was short lived.
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