The Cal Poly men’s soccer team lost 3-1 to host Cal State Northridge on Sunday.
The Mustangs extended their stay down south because Saturday’s match against the Matadors was postponed, a result of the wildfires burning in the Topanga and Chatsworth areas, according to the Big West Conference Web site.
Cal Poly falls to 4-6-0 on the season with the loss.
Cal Poly’s lone goal was scored in the first half on a give-and-go exchange from Jason Hadley to Nikhil Erlebach and back to Hadley, who made good on a shot from 12 yards out. It was the freshman’s first collegiate goal.
Northridge’s Daniel Paladini scored the first and third goals for the Matador’s with an assist from Sean Franklin.
Paladini’s first goal came early in the first half from 25 yards out. Paladini scored again near the end of the game off a Mustang turnover, connecting from 30 yards deep.
Matador forward Willie Sims accounted for Northridge’s other goal. It was the eighth goal for Sims this season.
The Mustangs were whistled for twice as many fouls as the Matadors, receiving 12 fouls to the Matadors’ six.
Cal Poly also received a pair of yellow cards during the match.
Northridge improved to 6-2-1 on the season.
The Mustangs are now 0-2 in Big West play. The Mustangs dropped their conference opener at Mustang Stadium against UC Santa Barbara last Wednesday, 3-1.
The Mustangs return to action Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.