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Golden Goal Lifts Saint Mary's to 2-1 Win at Cal Poly

Golden Goal Lifts Saint Mary's to 2-1 Win at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After the Cal Poly women's soccer team equalized with 16 minutes to play in regulation Friday night versus Saint Mary's, the Gaels scored a little more than two minutes into overtime for a 2-1 win in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

From the 33rd minute on, Cal Poly played a woman down after being issued a red card for impeding a breakaway opportunity. The Mustangs regrouped, though, to still hold SMC (6-5-0) scoreless through intermission.

But in the 63rd minute, the Gaels were awarded a penalty kick. Samantha Dion converted it to the left, despite Alyssa Giannetti getting a hand on it with an all-out effort.

Cal Poly scored in the 74th minute on a free kick lashed by Elise Krieghoff from beyond 20 yards, arcing into the right side of the net over the extended goalkeeper.

It was the ninth goal of the season (and 41st on a career basis) for Krieghoff, who came into the weekend as the nation's leader both in total goals among all juniors and goals-per-match average among every active Division I player regardless of class (0.93).

The Mustangs (4-6-0) almost went ahead late during a thrilling sequence that included back-to-back headers in front of the goal, but SMC was able to escape unscathed.

Then with less than 15 seconds to play, another dramatic stretch ensued, as the Gaels began celebrating what may have initially appeared to be a last-minute go-ahead score, but they were actually whistled offside.

In the extra period, following an SMC corner kick by Caroline Beaulne, Jessica Castillo got off a close-range shot that was blocked by Giannetti. But Dion was able to secure the rebound and quickly put away a shot to end the game.

In finishing with seven saves, Giannetti upped her career total to 246, surpassing Natalia Garcia (240 saves from 1996-2000) for No. 2 in school history.

Cal Poly will host another WCC school on Sunday, taking on San Francisco (4-4-2) at noon.

Photo by Paul B. Brenneman