Broncos take tough road into conference

By Elliot Heis

The Cal Poly men’s soccer team’s season is underway, with the
Broncos holding a record of 3-4 after rebounding from four
consecutive losses with a win against the Humboldt State
Lumberjacks Sunday.

The win was Cal Poly’s first in conference play for the season,
and moved the Broncos ahead of UC San Diego to fourth place in the
CCAA South, and are just one game behind Cal State San
Bernardino.

“Getting to the final third is solid; being dangerous with the
shots has been the challenge.” Broncos Head Coach Lance Thompson
said Saturday. “We have a burning desire to get better.”

Cal Poly opened the conference games with the CCAA’s most
formidable opponents, including No. 5 Cal State LA.

“We’re battling, we’re playing hard: it’s not for a lack of
effort on out part, but we’ve got to play focused for 90 minutes.”
Thompson said. “[Our opponents] have been able to focus for the 90
minutes and we’ll have a lapse here and there and they’ve punished
us for that.”

The Broncos have been strong defensively, allowing just 1.42
goals her game. Cal Poly has, however, struggled with shooting.

“Our biggest challenge right now is finishing our chances.”
Thompson said. “We had 18 shots to ten against Sonoma, and Sonoma
averages over 20 shots a game. But in the first half we gave up
four, they put in two, they finish their chances.”

The Broncos showed signs of improvement against the Lumberjacks.
After not scoring from 26 shots against MSU Billings Sept. 4, Cal
Poly put three in against the Jacks from 15 shots.

The confidence boosting win against Humboldt marked the first
shut out of the season for the Broncos, defeating the Jacks 3-0
thanks to the dead ball capabilities of senior midfielder Miguel
Abascal.

Abascal’s cross to senior forward Dustin Suppe was headed in
opening the scoring for the Broncos, and Abascal followed up with
two goals of his own in the second half.

The win gave the season’s record a boost when four straight
losses left the Broncos’ at 2-4; the difficult conference schedule
to begin the season has tested Thompson in his first season at Cal
Poly.

“We had a tough little stretch with the conference opener; with
Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills: historically speaking the
toughest teams in the conference.”

The Broncos are at home Friday against UCSD and at home again
against Cal State East Bay Sunday.

With wins against UCSD and East Bay, Cal Poly would regain a
winning record, which is very possible for these eager
Broncos.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

Broncos take tough road into conference

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Broncos take tough road into conference

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