In a pivotal Big West Conference matchup for UC Davis men’s soccer, Cal Poly took down the Aggies by a score of 1-0.
The two rivals exchanged blows, with UC Davis controlling most of the possession time, until the Mustangs got on the board five minutes into the second half and preserved the lead for the rest of the game.
UC Davis battled back and forth in a chippy game that resulted in six yellow cards between the teams — including four issued to Cal Poly — but were unable to get the advantage. Cal Poly had 25 fouls in the game and the Aggies tallied 17.
The Aggies managed five shots on goal to the Mustangs’ four, but couldn’t convert those opportunities.
The loss drops UC Davis to 8-6-4 overall with a 6-3-0 Big West record. Sacramento State faced off with UC Santa Barbara yesterday and had the opportunity to take over first place in conference because of the UC Davis defeat.
The Aggies will square off with the Hornets on Saturday in a battle that will affect their position in the Big West conference. A victory for either team could give them first place in the league, and with it, the chance to host the first round of the Big West tournament.
— Matthew Yuen