Cal Poly women’s soccer came up short on Sunday, Sept. 11, losing 3-2 to Washington State at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman, Wash.
The Mustangs (2-5) held the lead twice in the game, but the Cougars (4-1-1) were able to counter and eventually take the lead to steal the victory.
Less than a minute later, Washington State’s Lily Boyden snuck a goal past sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Samuel to tie the game at 1-1.
After being tied at the half, a Cougar handball in the box set up a penalty kick for Cal Poly in the 52nd minute. Senior midfielder Megan Hansen put the shot away, her first of the season, to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead.
Four minutes later, the Cougars responded once again to draw even at 2-2.
Washington State would take the late lead in the 74th minute and hold on to beat the Mustangs 3-2.
Samuel recorded 10 saves on Sunday, the second time this season she’s earned double-digit saves.
Washington State outshot Cal Poly 29-6, with 13 shots being on goal. The Cougars entered the match seventh in the nation in shots per game.
Cal Poly hosts Blue-Green rival UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium to open Big West play.