The Cal Poly women’s soccer team will not be participating in the 2005 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time since 1999.
For the last six years women’s soccer has not only garnered an invite to the Big West Conference tournament, but has also received invitations to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament.
However, this year, a conference record of 2-4-1 was enough to derail the Mustangs hopes of a playoff birth, despite an overall season record of 10-5-4.
A conference record of 2-4-1, was only good enough for seventh place in conference.
Despite their poor record in conference, it was not until the team received the bad news while watching the selection coverage on ESPNews at J.D. Boones that their hopes of yet another playoff birth were dashed.
UC Santa Barbara delivered the telling loss to the Mustangs in the rivalry season finale. The game was essentially do or die for the Mustangs. The final blow came when the Gauchos scored with just four minutes remaining in regulation.