Top 10 Roundup
Cal Poly knocks off highest ranked opponent in program history
Cal Poly 3, No. 6 UCLA 0
First-half goals from sophomore winger Chase Minter and senior forward Mackenzie Pridham provided Cal Poly a commanding early lead and senior forward Chris Bernardi rounded off victory with a late strike as the Mustangs defeated their highest-ranked opponent in program history with a 3-0 triumph versus No. 6 UCLA at Drake Stadium on Thursday evening.
Junior midfielder Steve Palacios, freshman forward John Chronopoulos and senior midfielder George Malki all added assists for Cal Poly (2-1-1), which defeated just its second top-10 opponent in program history following a 1-0 win at then-No. 7 UC Irvine on Sept. 28, 2011. Sophomore goalkeeper Wade Hamilton chalked up three saves for the Mustangs, who delivered just their second win against UCLA in nine Division I meetings and first since a 1-0 win in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA tournament.
No. 10 Cal 1, USF 0
With the clock ticking away and the match looking all the world like it was headed for overtime, Christian Thierjung scored the first goal of his young career with 19 seconds left in regulation to give No. 10 California a 1-0 win against San Francisco on Thursday night at Negoesco Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 3-0-0 after the nonconference win, while the host Dons (2-1-0) suffered their first loss of the season.
Junior forward Stefano Bonomo assisted Thierjung, a freshman midfielder/forward, on the goal.
Thursday’s match continued a trend of close games in the series between the teams; they tied, 0-0, in 2012, and Cal won 1-0 both in 2011 and in 2010.
Cal outshot the Dons 12-10 including an 8-4 advantage in the second half, when USF goalkeeper Chase Hauser made all six of his saves. USF outshot Cal 6-4 in the first half, when sophomore goalie Justin Taillole made three of his five saves for the Bears.