SAN LUIS OBISPO — Marwan Ass'ad, the Cal State Northridge soccer coach, brought his team here Tuesday as a precaution against fatigue going into tonight's California Collegiate Athletic Assn. showdown with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
"Anywhere else, we'd go up on the day of the game," Ass'ad said. "But the school bus we take isn't very comfortable. If you have a can of soda on the bus, you can't drink it because it shakes so much. Your stomach will be in your head by the time you get there. We need more than two or three hours to get ready for this game."
CSUN (14-1-1, 6-0-1), ranked No. 1 in Division II, is tied for the conference lead with 11th-ranked San Luis Obispo (10-3-2, 7-0-1). The teams tied, 2-2, in their first meeting Oct. 17 at CSUN.
Wolfgang Gartner, the San Luis Obispo coach, hopes the home-field advantage comes into play this time around.
"On our home field, somehow, we seem to have wings," Gartner said. "It's hard to describe. Our guys seem inexhaustible. I wouldn't be surprised at any kind of outcome."