Running back Kori Garcia (center) led the Mustangs in rushing on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to defeat No. 14 Portland State . | Hanna Crowley/Mustang News

Cal Poly sports teams will participate in myriad events leading up to and through this homecoming weekend.

Kicking off the weekend — both literally and figuratively — the Cal Poly women’s soccer team plays at home against UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on Friday in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

In an attempt to break the current NCAA single-game regular-season attendance mark, the Mustangs are holding “Break the Record Night.” The previous record was set last year when L.A. Memorial Coliseum hosted 10,128 fans for a match between USC and UCLA. A sold-out Spanos Stadium can accommodate 11,075 spectators.

With fan support, the Mustangs (5-6-5, 1-4 Big West) look to snap their three-game losing streak against a struggling Anteaters squad (6-8-1, 2-2).

The women’s soccer team also bookends the weekend when it hosts UC Riverside (9-7, 3-2). The Mustangs will look to end the Highlanders’ hot streak as Riverside has won three of its last four matches in conference play.

In the middle of a busy weekend at Spanos Stadium, the Cal Poly football team (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky) hosts Portland State (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday in a pivotal Big Sky Conference matchup.

At the beginning of the season, this matchup looked like an easy win for the Mustangs as most pundits selected Portland State to finish near the bottom of the conference. But with wins over FBS Washington State and FCS No. 19 Montana State, the Vikings have become a top team in the Big Sky Conference.

Homecoming royalty will be introduced at halftime of the football game near midfield. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m.

Women’s golf hosts its Lady Mustang Invitational at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande. The 15th annual two-round, 12-team tournament takes place on Friday and Saturday. In their three previous tournaments this season, the Mustangs have finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Athletic teams will be active away from San Luis Obispo this weekend as well. The Cal Poly volleyball team (14-4, 6-1 Big West) looks to extend its six-game winning streak when it takes on CSUN (4-14, 3-3) on Friday.

Following Friday’s matchup, the Mustangs head to Long Beach State (15-5, 5-2) in a crucial Big West Conference matchup. The matchup features the No. 2 (Cal Poly) and No. 3 (Long Beach State) teams in the conference.

Last, but certainly not least, the Cal Poly men’s soccer team (8-3-3, 3-1-2 Big West) finds itself in a rematch with UC Santa Barbara (9-5-1, 4-2-0) after the Mustangs won 3-2 in an overtime thriller in Spanos Stadium last weekend. The Gauchos are hanging onto the top spot in the Big West Conference North Division standings with 12 points, but Cal Poly trails by just one point. Though almost 15,000 fans will see the match in person, the match will also be televised nationally through Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

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