Sports rivalries are a part of the American institution. In San Luis Obispo there is a definite divide between southern California and northern California. As gigantic as that rivalry is, the Cal Poly men’s soccer versus the University of California Santa Barbara might be even grander.
This past Saturday Cal Poly hosted arguably the largest game of the entire season. The University of California Santa Barbara played Cal Poly in hopes of defeating them this year to redeem last year’s loss.
Cal Poly and the University of California Santa Barbara were neck to neck the entire game. There were close scores; however the single score in the entire game came at the very end. The goal clenched the win for Cal Poly. Therefore the spirited Cal Poly crowd erupted, hence charging the field to celebrate.
It is a Cal Poly tradition to wear white to the game in what is called, “White Out.” It is impossible to not feel the crowd’s enthusiasm and school spirit. Below is a video depicting last year’s Cal Poly victory over the University of California Santa Barbara.
Many students experienced the game differently. Various accounts are detailed in the audio segment below.Two current Cal Poly students detail their personal experience at the soccer game. Additionally, alumnus and former Cal Poly men’s soccer player, Evan details what he experienced at the game this past weekend.
“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm