The Mustangs had plenty of motivation coming into Saturday’s contest against the Ducks in Novato, but it was the Ducks that led through much of the first half. Despite a lead in possesion time and shots, Cal Poly trailed 6-4 at the break.
The Mustangs controlled the pace in the 3rd quarter, seizing the game’s momentum on a beautiful fast break goal, as midfielder Sean Fitzpatrick passed to Jeff Carter who found attackman Matt Graupmann for the finish. Cal Poly built up an 11-9 lead early in the 4th quarter, but the Ducks were not going to go down without a fight. Oregon notched two quick goals from offensive leaders Spencer Robertson and Matt Johnson to tie up the game. On the ensuing face-off, junior midfielder Tim Albo won the draw, corralled the ground ball, and fired one in the back of the net to put the momentum squarely back in the Mustangs hands.
The two teams continued to battle down to the wire, but it was the Mustangs who came away with the 15-12 victory, and avenged last year’s season ending loss to the Ducks. Cal Poly won’t get much of a chance to savor their victory, as they prepare to take on the defending national champions and top ranked BYU Cougars on Monday.
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