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Trucco Goal Off Rubinstein Cross Lifts Cal Poly to Win Over UC Davis

Trucco Goal Off Rubinstein Cross Lifts Cal Poly to Win Over UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif. — Nikki Trucco gave Cal Poly the lead by scoring off an assist from Brooke Rubinstein in the 51st minute on Sunday at UC Davis, and the Mustang women's soccer team's defense went on to earn a Big West shutout on the road, winning 1-0 at Aggie Field.

Cal Poly controlled a majority of possession through the first half, heading to the break with a 9-7 advantage in total shot attempts as well as a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Five first-half saves for UC Davis by Nicki Rucki, however, kept the match scoreless through the initial 45 minutes.

Then a little more than five minutes into the second half, though, the Mustangs (1-2-0 Big West; 4-9-1 overall) found the go-ahead goal.

Rubinstein, a sophomore from Davis Senior High School and Davis Legacy SC, settled a ball played out wide some six yards above the penalty area, just a few steps up from the end line, and launched a right-footed cross into the air to the far post. Rucki leapt to almost get a hand on the pass, but the lob arced down just beyond her hand, and Trucco raced up to gain position directly in front of the post, finishing into the back of the net.

It was the second goal as a Mustang for Trucco, a true freshman from San Ramon (California HS), while the assist was the second this year for Rubinstein.

Cal Poly goalkeeper Sophia Brown made three of her six saves the rest of the way, helping the Mustangs notch the 3 points in the conference table.

Brown, a senior from Pleasanton, sent back Casey Palmer in the 57th minute, before denying Olivia Jones in the 67th and then coming up with one last crucial stop against the Aggies (5-9-0; 0-4-0) less than three minutes from full-time, securing a header tried by Janae Gonzalez, en route to earning her 12th collegiate shutout.

Emily Talmi, Kylie Rojas and Danielle Anderson led the back line to the clean-sheet performance, while Megan Hansen also had a complete-match 90-minute effort directing the midfield.

Altogether for the afternoon, the Mustangs finished with a 20-12 margin in overall shots and an 8-0 count in corners.

Cal Poly stays on the road in the week ahead, next visiting UC Santa Barbara (2-0-0; 6-3-3) for the Blue-Green Rivalry on Sunday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Harder Stadium.