The off-season buildup around Long Beach State (9-3-1, 2-1-0), was about its stellar recruiting class, which was ranked 15th in the country and tops in the Big West. Cal Poly (8-2-3, 0-1-0) found out the hype was real Friday as the Mustangs gave up two goals to freshman Dana Farquhar, suffering its first conference loss of the season in a 4-2 defeat.
Farquhar got started early, scoring in the fourth minute of play off a cross from freshman Kim Silos.
A little over a minute later, Cal Poly junior Sharon Day scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season off an assist from junior Kelsey Carroll, bringing the game to a 1-1 tie.
In the 30th minute, Carroll scored her fifth goal of the season. Carroll has done her part for the Mustangs recently, scoring three goals in the last three matches and one assist.
For the usually stingy Mustang defense, it was business as usual in the first half as Cal Poly only gave up one shot and controlled the game.
Things turned in the second half as the Mustangs’ defense gave up three unanswered goals to the 49ers.
Freshman phenom Silos, already with an assist on the day, got things started in the 53rd minute, scoring her team-leading sixth goal of the season, and bringing the game to a 2-2 tie.
In the 61st minute, two more Long Beach State freshmen hooked up to give the 49ers what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Freshman Sara Baca found fellow freshman Sahar Haghdan eight yards in front of goal, as Haghdan punched home her second goal of the season.
Long Beach State hit the Mustangs with a knock-out blow in the 77th minute as Farquhar found the back of the net for the second time in the match giving, her two goals for the season. Freshman Hayley Bolt was awarded with the assist as well as Silos, giving her a goal and two assists in the match.
The fourth goal given up by the Mustangs marked the first time Cal Poly has given up that many since Nov. 15, 2002 against Stanford in the NCAA playoffs, when the Mustangs suffered a 4-0 loss.
Cal Poly’s senior goalie Liz Hill had two saves. Long Beach State goalie Liz Ramos had four saves in the match.
Cal Poly out-shot the 49ers 10-8, while Long Beach State held the advantage in corner kicks 6-3.
Both the Mustangs and Long Beach State had eight fouls.