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Oct 26, 2012 7:44 PM by Andrew Masuda

Tournament berths and titles at stake for Cal Poly soccer teams

A possible league title and spots in the Big West Tournament will be on the line this weekend for both Cal Poly soccer teams.

The men host Sacramento State on Saturday at 7pm in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The squads are both 4-2-1 in conference play and tied for second in the North Division standings with only three Big West matches to play. UC Davis is in first place at 5-2, while 25th ranked UCSB is 3-3-1. Only the top two teams qualify for the tournament.

Cal Poly, which is 9-5-1 overall, is coming off its thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind win in overtime last Friday at rival UCSB. It marked the Mustangs' first win at Harder Stadium since 1998.

"We do have room for improvement and we need to keep with our style, keep playing our game. I know that we have a style that our players definitely believe in," said head coach Paul Holocher, who's teams have gone 35-12-8 at home since 2007.

The Mustangs and Hornets played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season.

The Cal Poly women renew the Blue-Green Rivalry on Sunday at 2pm at Spanos Stadium in their regular season finale. The first place Mustangs are 5-1-2 in conference, while UCSB is in eighth place at 2-5-1.

The Gauchos have been eliminated from the Big West Tournament, but are coming off an upset over Cal State Fullerton.

Cal Poly could finish anywhere from first to fifth place in the regular season standings depending on how the rest of the schedule shakes out this weekend. Only the top four teams in the standings qualify for the Big West Tournament, which is November 1 at UC Irvine.

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