Oct 31, 2012 9:47 PM by Andrew Masuda

Pridham delivers again to keep Mustangs' playoff hopes alive

The Cal Poly men's soccer team kept its postseason dreams alive with a huge 1-0 win at first place UC Davis in a Big West Conference match on Wednesday.

Mackenzie Pridham scored the only goal in the 51st minute thanks to an assist from Chris Gaschen. Pridham upped his goal total to 11 on the season, putting him #3 in program history for most in a single season. Pridham is the first Mustang to reach double-digits in scores since 1996.

Cal Poly outshot the Aggies 11-9 in the match.

Wade Hamilton and Chase Hauser each played a half in goal for the Mustangs. Hamilton made 3 saves, while Hauser recorded 2 saves in the second half to earn the win.

Atascadero High graduate Alex Aguiar took four shots in the game for the Aggies, two of which were on goal.

The win put the Mustangs in a tie for second place in the North Division with Sacramento State at 5-3-1 in Big West play and 16 points in the standings. Davis fell to 6-3 in conference, but still leads with 18 points. UCSB edged Sac State on Wednesday 2-1 to improve to 4-4-1 in Big West matches.

All four teams have one conference match left on Saturday. Only the top two in the standings earn spots in the Conference Tournament. Cal Poly hosts UCSB at 7pm, while Sacramento State plays at UC Davis.

The Mustangs will guarantee themselves a spot in the tournament with a win over the Gauchos. They came from behind to stun their rivals 2-1 in overtime a few weeks ago for their first win at UCSB since 1998.

Cal Poly can earn the top seed if it beats the Gauchos and the other match between UC Davis and Sac State finishes in a tie.The Mustangs own the tiebreaker with UC Davis because they swept the season series. However, the Hornets own the tiebreaker with Cal Poly after going 1-0-1 against the Mustangs.



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