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Krieghoff Breaks Cal Poly Goals Record as Mustangs Win Fourth Straight

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Elise Krieghoff broke the Cal Poly career scoring record on Sunday afternoon, helping to lead the Mustangs to a 2-0 Senior Day win over UC Santa Barbara in front of a crowd of 1,231 at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

With the win, Cal Poly (5-2-0, 10-8-0) upped its Big West point total to 15, clinching one of the conference tournament's four berths, as only three other teams also have ceilings higher than a potential 13.

The Mustangs took the lead in just the third minute when Krieghoff crossed in from the right side to Megan Abutin, who slotted home a shot to her left.

The duo reciprocated in the 14th minute for the record-breaker, when Abutin passed ahead to Krieghoff, who had made a diagonal cut inward before putting away a left-footed shot from just inside the top of the 18-yard box for her 46th goal since 2012 (shown at right).

"Megan helped create it," Krieghoff said, "and the near post opened and I went for it."

The junior, whose year-by-year count goes 11-21-14, surpassed the old mark set by Kolleen Kassis from 1992-95.

"It's something we've been working toward for a while now, so it's cool to finally put (the new total) in the record book," she added.

By providing on the memorable play, Abutin also made some history. It was the sophomore's 12th assist of the season, tying the all-time program record set by Shana Stickel in 1997. (She came into the week tied for fifth in the nation.)

The Mustangs nearly went up 3-0 two minutes after the break, when an Abutin shot went off the crossbar, and again in the 75th, when an attempt by McKenzie Flood ricocheted off the post.

Alyssa Giannetti made four saves for Cal Poly, including two in the final 10 minutes on the way to her 14th career shutout.

Christina Eichinger, Sara Lancaster, Tracy Hong and Megan Heddinger were each recognized in a pregame celebration for their contributions over the past four years.

The Mustangs will finish the regular season at Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 in a match televised by ESPN3.com.

Cal Poly will host the conference tournament on Nov. 6 (the semifinals) and 9 (the championship game).

Photo courtesy of Owen Main