Cal Poly Mustangs men's soccer

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Cal Poly Mustangs
Men's Soccer
Current season
University California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
Conference Big West
Division North
Location San Luis Obispo, CA
Head Coach Phil Ruskin (interim)
Stadium Alex G. Spanos Stadium
(Capacity: 11,075)
Nickname Mustangs
Colors Cal Poly Green and Cal Poly Vegas Gold and Cal Poly Black

                     

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NCAA Tournament Appearances
1995, 2008


The Cal Poly Mustangs men's soccer program represents California Polytechnic State University in men's soccer at the NCAA Division I level. Like most teams from Cal Poly, they play in the Big West Conference. The Big West Conference stopped sponsoring soccer in 1991, but resumed soccer in 2001. Over this period, Cal Poly competed in a regional conference called the MPSF. Since the return of soccer to the Big West, the Mustangs have appeared in 1 NCAA tournament. Posting the program's best record in 2008 (11-6-6), Cal Poly placed 3rd in the Big West and qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in the school's history. Cal Poly managed to upset #11 UCLA 1-0 to advance to second round before losing 0-3 to #14 UC Irvine. The Mustangs play in Alex G. Spanos Stadium (capacity of 11,075) on the campus of the California Polytechnic State University. In 2011, collegesoccernews.com chose the Cal Poly vs UCSB soccer game as the #1 rivalry in college soccer.[1]

Fortress Spanos[edit]

Entering the 2014 season, the Mustangs have produced a 42-15-10 mark and a 21-7-7 conference mark since the renovation and expansion of Spanos Stadium in 2007 including 23 shutouts and 25 clean sheets. Defending Spanos from the stands is one of the largest college fan bases in the country led by the Mustang Manglers. Cal Poly has sold out the 11,075 on numerous occasions the largest sellout crowd in the history of college soccer on-campus. In 2013 the sell-out was taken to the next level when student tickets were distributed in advance for the first time.[2][3] The result was a sellout 2 days before the game against UCSB,[3] the first known sellout of a stadium of over 5,000 before gameday.

The atmosphere has been made famous by the passionate and massive student section. Students begin lining up over 3 hours before game-time in order the get the best seats. In 2012 the stadium reached capacity 45 minutes before kickoff. The result was students jumping fences to sneak in, climbing trees and buildings to get a view.[4][5] Those without a ticket are know to pack the outsides of the stadium trying to grab a piece of the view and a taste of the atmosphere. Victories over UCSB in 2010, 2011 and 2012 resulted in fans storming the field. In 2013 the massive attendances have expanded beyond the UCLA and UCSB games. Games against Harvard in 2012 and UC Riverside in 2013 filled the 3,480 seat west stands. Against San Francisco in 2013, fans were once again turned away as both the south stands were opened for the first time for a non-UCSB/UCLA game. These stands filled quickly. Without the staff to open the east stands, students were once again turned away.[6]

The result of the need to arrive early combined with the unique design of Spanos stadium, placing students "on the railing" only feet from the sideline has created one of the top atmospheres in college soccer. Sharing the venue with Cal Poly's FCS division football team has created one of the finest venues in college soccer. Thanks to football, Spanos stadium features 8 skyboxes, a video screen and a new 2007 grandstand towering over California Blvd. In the spring of 2013 temporary bleachers were replaced with a permanent grandstand. Additionally, in 2013, in the older east side stands, front rows were removed to widen the field and add ADA seating.

The results of such great atmosphere and stadium design, Spanos Stadium was selected as the #1 Men's Soccer venue to check out by NCAA in 2011.[7]

Head Coach Paul Holocher Resignation[edit]

After 8 years as head coach, growing the Cal Poly soccer program from obscurity to one of the best college athletics venues in the county[7] Paul Holocher, announced on August 11, 2014 that he had resigned from his role to move to Hawai'i and serve as the Director of Development with Maui United Soccer Club.[8] In 8 seasons Holocher directed the Mustangs to a 72-60-25 record and 1 NCAA Tournament appearance, Cal Poly's second since joining Division 1 in 1996. Phil Ruskin, a second year assistant coach, was promoted to be the interim head coach upon Holocher's departure.[9] Despite the sudden coaching change Cal Poly had upset AAC power house North Carolina State 3-1 in North Carolina followed by a stunning tie vis #1 UCLA in Pasadena, CA. Furthermore, Cal Poly has started conference play by drawing #3 ranked UC Irvine 1-1 and defeating preseason division favorite Cal State Northridge 2-1.[10][11]

In Holocher's time, Cal Poly's sooccer program saw massive changes. Most notably was the creation of the Mustang Manglers student fan club[12] and the record shattering attendances. Before Holocher took over attendances were almost always under 1000. By 2008 Cal Poly hosted a sellout crowd of 11,075, shattering the school and conference attendance record, posting what was then the second largest regular season, on-campus, attendance in NCAA history.[13] Attendance records have continued to be broken as Cal Poly has continually been ranekd in the top 5 nationally in average home attendance.[13][14][15][15] As a result of the boom in attendance Cal Poly has made national headlines. In 2011 Cal Poly's Alex G. Spanos Stadium was named the "Men's Soccer - College Venue you must check out"[7] In a 2010 New York Times article abou the growth of college soccer, Cal Poly was the first school mentioned. "Eye-catching figures are popping up across the country for men’s games. Cal Poly has drawn crowds of more than 8,000 twice this season."[16] The rivalry between Cal Poly and UCSB has been called the biggest college soccer rivalry in the country by SoccerAmerica,[17] the "Greatest" by College Soccer News[1] and was mentioned in an 2011 NCAA article about rivalries.[18]

Attendance Figures[edit]

Over the past few years Cal Poly has developed into one of the premier College Soccer atmospheres in the nation.[according to whom?] Cal Poly has consistently led the nation in single game attendance[citation needed] and has also ranked highly in average and total attendance[citation needed]. Highlighting the Mustangs’ big crowds was a 2008 sellout of 11,075 against Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara on October 17 before a national television audience on the FOX Soccer Channel.[citation needed] The fall classic was the third-largest crowd in NCAA Division I regular season history[citation needed], the biggest regular season game college soccer had seen in almost 25 years at the time.[citation needed] Many who attended the game believe actual attendance well exceeded the listed statistic.[attribution needed] Also in 2008 Cal Poly was third in the nation for all NCAA Division I teams in terms of home attendance for the 2008 season.[citation needed] Cal Poly finished behind only UC Santa Barbara and UConn.[citation needed] With 9 home games in 2008, Cal Poly had 25,549 fans attend their games for an average of 2,839 fans/game.[19] In 2010 Cal Poly ranked 4th in average attendance with 3,013 per game over 8 games for a total of 24,100 including 8,717 against #17 UCLA which ended in a 0-0 tie and 8,125 in a 2-1 OT win against #19 UCSB [20]

At the heart of the Mustangs' fan base is a student run group who call themselves "Mustang Manglers".[citation needed] This group of individuals are die-hard soccer fans, who have a reputation for over the top cheering and jeering, and generally being out of control.[according to whom?]

2013 squad[edit]

As of December 2013: [21] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Brett Finkelstein
1 United States GK Wade Hamilton
2 United States MF George Malki
3 United States MF Joseph Bolous
4 United States FW Chris Bernardi
5 United States MF Steve Palacios
6 New Zealand DF Kip Colvey
7 United States MF Ari Lassiter
8 Canada FW Mackenzie Pridham
9 Costa Rica FW Ronald Medrano Williams
10 United States MF Chase Minter
11 United States MF Justin Dhillon
12 United States MF Kevin Atkins
13 United States FW Kaba Alkebulan
14 United States MF Sean Dhillon
No. Position Player
15 United States DF Brett Foreman
16 United States MF Michael Hocker
18 United States GK Eric Kam
19 United States DF Naji Karaman
20 United States MF Matt LaGrassa
21 United States FW John Chronopoulos
22 United States MF Ruben Duran
24 United States DF Michael Bernardi
25 United States DF Chris Fisher
26 United States DF Jack O'Cpnnor
27 United States DF Connor Drechsler
30 United States MF Jesse Ham
31 United States GK Timoteo Arellano
33 United States DF Kody Wakasa
34 Ivory Coast FW Mamadou Kebe

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Interim head coach Phil Ruskin
Volunteer assistant Scott Williams

Notable former players[edit]

The players in bold have senior international caps.

Cal Poly seasons (Since 2001)[edit]

Season Conference Record Conference
Tourn. Pos.
Overall Record Honours Top points[22] Top scorer[23]
Conference Pld. W L D Pos. Pld. W L D Natl.
Rank
2001 Big West 10 3 7 0 5th 19 4 13 1 NR
2002 Big West 10 1 9 0 6th 19 3 16 0 NR
2003 Big West 10 3 5 2 4th 19 7 8 4 NR
2004 Big West 10 3 6 1 5th 18 7 7 4 NR
2005 Big West 10 1 9 0 4th 20 6 14 0 NR[24]
2006 Big West 9 3 5 1 4th 19 7 8 4 NR[25] Julian Alvarez
Jose Garcia
10 Jose Garcia 4
2007 Big West 12 6 2 4 3rd 19 11 4 4 NR[26] David Zamora 17 Julian Alvarez 7
Beginning with the 2008 season, the Big West Conference instituted a conference tournament to determine the winner of the NCAA automatic bid instead of awarding it to the regular season winner.
2008 Big West 10 5 2 3 2nd Semi-Finals 23 11 6 6 23[27] NCAA 2nd Round Julian Alvarez 17 David Zamora 8
2009 Big West 10 6 3 1 3rd Semi-Finals 21 8 11 2 NR[28] Big West Semifinal David Zamora 15 David Zamora 6
2010 Big West 10 5 3 2 3rd Semi-Finals 18 8 7 3 NR[28] Big West Semifinal David Zamora 14 David Zamora 5
2011 Big West 10 3 6 1 6th 18 6 9 3 NR[28] Kyle Montgomery 7 Kyle Montgomery 3
2012 Big West 10 6 3 1 3rd Semi-Finals 19 11 7 1 NR[28] Big West Semifinal Mackenzie Pridham 23 Mackenzie Pridham 11
2013 Big West 10 3 5 2 6th First-Round 21 10 9 2 NR[28] Mackenzie Pridham 31 Mackenzie Pridham 14

The Blue-Green Rivalry, Cal Poly vs UCSB[edit]

Chosen as the #1 College Soccer Rivalry in the nation by collegesoccernews.com,[1] the rivalry between Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara has always existed, but this rivalry has escalated in recent years. The two schools are both located on the Central Coast in California just a mere 100 miles away from each other. The two teams play at least twice a year in Big West Conference play, each with one home game. When these two teams meet attendance skyrockets, setting records on the year for the most fans attending a regular season game. In 2008, Cal Poly hosted a sellout crowd of 11,075 fans that watched UCSB squeak by in double overtime with a 1-0 win.[19] This was the 4th highest attendance for a regular season game in NCAA history at the time, the second highest attendance for a regular season game at a college stadium, and the largest attendance for a regular season game in over 21 years. Each Cal Poly sellout has ranked as the largest soldout college soccer game ever. UCSB came up just short in a game vs UCLA in 2010 with 15,896 fans in the 17,000 seat stadium.[29] In 2013 the sellout at Cal Poly reached new heights when the last ticket was sold at 10:35am on Thursday, more than 32 hours before kickoff.[3] Many believe this to be the first time a college soccer game of notable attendance has sold out before game day. The sellout was spurred by the decision of the Cal Poly Athletics department to distribute student tickets before game day. Each student could pickup one free ticket at the Cal Poly ticket office.[2] Once word got out student flocked to the ticket office causing lines over and hour long stretching all the way down the street.[30] An unprecedented sight for college soccer. Tickets were being sold on Craigslist and Facebook for between $25–50.[31][32][33]

Cal Poly vs. UCSB Game Results[edit]

Cal Poly victories are shaded ██ green. UCSB victories shaded in ██ blue. Ties shaded white. Sellouts are in Bold

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Attendance
September 3, 1994 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 UCSB 0 CP 1-0-0
September 25, 1994 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 4 Cal Poly 2 Tied 1-1-0
November 3, 1995 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 4 UCSB 1 CP 2-1-0
October 18, 1996 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 1 Tied 2-2-0
November 15, 1996 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 UCSB 1 CP 3-2-0
September 21, 1997 San Diego, CA Cal Poly 2 UCSB 1 CP 4-2-0
October 18, 1997 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 3 UCSB 2 CP 5-2-0
November 13, 1998 Santa Barbara, CA Cal Poly 4 UCSB 2 CP 6-2-0
September 1, 1999 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 CP 6-3-0
November 13, 1999 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 4 Cal Poly 2 CP 6-4-0
November 7, 2000 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 3 UCSB 0 CP 7-4-0 206
October 19, 2001 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 CP 7-5-0 318
November 9, 2001 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 5 Cal Poly 1 CP 7-6-0 575
October 25, 2002 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 Tied 7-7-0 425
November 2, 2002 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 3 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 8-7-0 522
September 24, 2003 Santa Barbara, CA #10 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 9-7-0 617
October 22, 2003 San Luis Obispo, CA #7 UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 10-7-0 307
October 9, 2004 San Luis Obispo, CA #1 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 11-7-0 1,837
October 23, 2004 Santa Barbara, CA #2 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 12-7-0 607
September 28, 2005 San Luis Obispo, CA #19 UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 13-7-0 568
October 22, 2005 Santa Barbara, CA #14 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 14-7-0 1,091
September 5, 2006 Santa Barbara, CA #7 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 15-7-0 924
October 14, 2006 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 16-7-0 1,123
October 17, 2007 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 #15 UCSB 1 UCSB 16-8-0 7,143
November 3, 2007 Santa Barbara, CA #12 UCSB 3 #15 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 17-8-0 8,102
October 17, 2008 San Luis Obispo, CA #19 UCSB (2OT) 1 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 18-8-0 11,075
October 5, 2008 Santa Barbara, CA #17 UCSB (2OT) 0 #25 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 18-8-1 9,749
November 12, 2008 Santa Barbara, CA #19 UCSB (2OT) 2 Cal Poly 2 UCSB 18-8-2 3,601
October 7, 2009 Santa Barbara, CA #7 UCSB 1 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 19-8-2 5,842
November 4, 2009 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly (2OT) 0 #3 UCSB 0 UCSB 19-8-3 9,824
October 12, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 20-8-3 6,057
October 27, 2010 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly (OT) 2 #19 UCSB 1 UCSB 20-9-3 8,125
November 10, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA #22 UCSB (OT) 2 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 21-9-3 4,084
October 14, 2011 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 #13 UCSB 1 UCSB 21-10-3 11,075
November 4, 2011 Santa Barbara, CA #17 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 22-10-3 13,822
October 19, 2012 Santa Barbara, CA Cal Poly (OT) 2 #16 UCSB 1 UCSB 22-11-3 13,467
November 3, 2012 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 1 UCSB 0 UCSB 22-12-3 11,075
October 25, 2013 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly (2OT) 1 #21 UCSB 1 UCSB 22-12-4 11,075
November 9, 2013 Santa Barbara, CA #12 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 23-12-4 12,805

Source: [34]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b http://mustangnews.net/blue-green-rivalry-game-tickets-on-sale/
  3. ^ a b c http://mustangnews.net/uc-santa-barbara-soccer-rivalry-tickets-sold-out/
  4. ^ http://mustangnews.net/history-of-the-blue-green-rivalry/
  5. ^ http://mustangnews.net/upd-arrests-12-at-blue-green-rivalry-game/
  6. ^ http://gopoly.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/Media_Guide
  7. ^ a b c http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/nine-noon/2011-10-23/college-venues-you-have-check-out
  8. ^ http://gopoly.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/releases/20140811yueh5b
  9. ^ http://www.calpolymustangs.com/sports/msoc/coaches/Ruskin-Phil
  10. ^ http://gopoly.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/schedule
  11. ^ http://www.bigwest.org/sports/msoccer/release3.pdf
  12. ^ http://cpmanglers.wordpress.com/manglers/
  13. ^ a b http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_soccer_RB/2009/Attendance.pdf
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  15. ^ a b http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_soccer_RB/2014/attend.pdf
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  21. ^ http://gopoly.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/roster
  22. ^ In NCAA scoring, goals count as 2 points while assists count as one point.
  23. ^ Goals in all competitions (regular season, Conference, and NCAA Tournament) are counted.
  24. ^ NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 13 December 2005.
  25. ^ NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 05 December 2006.
  26. ^ NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 19 December 2007.
  27. ^ [1] From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 16 December 2008.
  28. ^ a b c d e NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 17 November 2009.
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