Matadors defeated by Mustangs 1-0

Ivan Yeo

The second meeting between the CSUN Cal Poly San Luis Obispo men’s soccer teams saw someone come out with a win this time around.

Unfortunately for the Matadors, it wasn’t them.

The Mustangs struck late in the first half and relied on its defense to stifle Northridge and send them to a 1-0 loss in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday night.

“They just played a little better at home,” head coach Terry Davila said.

Both teams attempted four shots in the first half, but it was Cal Poly that sent the ball through the net in the 38th minute, as Mario Fernandez headed a pass to Jeff Meyer Jr., with Meyer striking the ball past Matador junior goalkeeper Kevin Guppy for his first goal of the season and more importantly, a 1-0 Cal Poly lead.

Cal Poly held CSUN to only one shot in the second half, but the Matadors took that shot in the final minute and it nearly tied the game. Senior defender Sean Franklin took a pass from sophomore forward Michael Clegg and fired the ball towards the far post. The shot looked good, but it missed wide.

“We had the better opportunities. They just converted on the one attempt they had,” Davila said.

CSUN took a total of five shots while Cal Poly took seven. The Mustangs were aggressive physically as well, committing 19 fouls in the game while CSUN committed six. Guppy and Eric Branagan-Franco both made three saves in goal.

CSUN fell to 5-6-6, 1-4-4 in Big West Conference play heading into its game against the UC Riverside Highlanders on Saturday.