Cal Poly Mustangs men's soccer
|Full name||California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo Mustangs|
|Founded||1994 Division I|
|Ground||Alex G. Spanos Stadium,
San Luis Obispo, California
|Head Coach||Paul Holocher|
|League||Big West Conference|
|Big West 2012||3rd|
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 San Luis Obispo competed in a regional conference called the MPSF. Since the return of soccer to the Big West, the Mustangs appeared in 1 NCAA tournaments. Posting the program's best record in 2008 (11-6-6), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo vs UCSB soccer game as the #1 rivalry in college soccer.
Current coaching staff
|Head Coach||Paul Holocher|
|Assistant Coach||Brian Reed|
|Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach||Ryan Hopkins|
|Assistant Coach||Mark Jones|
- The players in bold have senior international caps.
- Anton Peterlin (soccer) '09 played for Everton F.C. in the Premier League as well as Walsall F.C. of the Football League One and Plymouth Argyle F.C.. Now Plays for Hellerup IK of the Danish Superliga.
- Efrain Burgos, Jr. '10 drafted in the MLS Draft by Toronto FC of Major League Soccer
- Patrick McLain '11 plays for Chivas USA of Major League Soccer
- Johnny Cummins retired VFB Stuttgart of the Fußball-Bundesliga
- Cory Pasek retired AB Copenhagen of the Danish Superliga
- Mackenzie Pridham '13 plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer
- George Malki '13 plays for Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo seasons (Since 2001)
|Overall Record||Honours||Top points||Top scorer|
|2006||Big West||9||3||5||1||4th||19||7||8||4||NR||Julian Alvarez
|2007||Big West||12||6||2||4||3rd||19||11||4||4||NR||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||NCAA 2nd Round||Julian Alvarez||17||David Zamora||8|
|2009||Big West||10||6||3||1||3rd||Semi-Finals||21||8||11||2||NR||Big West Semifinal||David Zamora||15||David Zamora||6|
|2010||Big West||10||5||3||2||3rd||Semi-Finals||18||8||7||3||NR||Big West Semifinal||David Zamora||14||David Zamora||5|
|2011||Big West||10||3||6||1||6th||18||6||9||3||NR||Kyle Montgomery||7||Kyle Montgomery||3|
|2012||Big West||10||6||3||1||3rd||Semi-Finals||19||11||7||1||NR||Big West Semifinal||Mackenzie Pridham||23||Mackenzie Pridham||11|
Over the past few years Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has developed into one of the premier College Soccer atmospheres in the nation. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has consistently led the nation in single game attendance and has also ranked highly in average and total attendance. 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. The fall classic was the third-largest crowd in NCAA Division I regular season history, the biggest regular season game college soccer had seen in almost 25 years at the time. Many who attended the game believe actual attendance well exceeded the listed statistic. Also in 2008 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was third in the nation for all NCAA Division I teams in terms of home attendance for the 2008 season. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo finished behind only UC Santa Barbara and UConn. With 9 home games in 2008, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo had 25,549 fans attend their games for an average of 2,839 fans/game. In 2010 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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 
At the heart of the Mustangs' fan base is a student run group who call themselves "Mustang Manglers". 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.
The Blue-Green Rivalry, Cal Poly vs UCSB
Chosen as the #1 College Soccer Rivalry in the nation by collegesoccernews.com, the rivalry between Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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. 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. 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. 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. Once word got out student flocked to the ticket office causing lines over and hour long stretching all the way down the street. An unprecedented sight for college soccer. Tickets were being sold on Craigslist and Facebook for between $25–50.
Cal Poly vs. UCSB Game Results
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|
- In NCAA scoring, goals count as 2 points while assists count as one point.
- Goals in all competitions (regular season, Conference, and NCAA Tournament) are counted.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 13 December 2005.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 05 December 2006.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 19 December 2007.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 16 December 2008.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 17 November 2009.