Oct 20, 2012 2:50 AM by Andrew Masuda
The Cal Poly men's soccer team scored a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind win in overtime at 11th ranked UCSB on Friday night.
Mackenzie Pridham scored the golden goal in the 96th minute to propel Cal Poly to its first win at Harder Stadium since 1998. Chris Gaschen won a 50-50 ball and passed it to Pridham inside the box. The two tapped it back to each other to set up Pridham for his 9th goal of the year and his fifth game-clincher.
Nic Ryan's eighth goal of the season gave the Gauchos a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute.
However, the Mustangs tied it on a dramatic goal in the final 70 seconds of regulation. UCSB goalkeeper Austin Mansker came off of his line to try to punch a ball out of the box, but instead ran directly into Pridham. The loose ball went to a streaking George Malki, who fired it into the wide-open goal to tie it. It forced overtime between the two rivals for the sixth time in their last 13 minutes.
Cal Poly improved to 4-2-1 in Big West Conference play and 9-5-1 overall. The Mustangs are tied for first place with Sacramento State in the North Division standings with 13 points.
UCSB dropped to 3-3-1 in conference and 9-3-3 overall.
Friday's game was nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel and played in front of 13,467 fans at Harder Stadium, the seventh all-time largest regular season crowd in NCAA history. The Blue-Green rivalry accounts for 10 of the top 25 highest attended matches in NCAA history.
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