SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time since 2004 and only the second occasion in 24 years, the Cal Poly women's soccer team got a taste of overtime right away, as the Mustangs opened their season with a scoreless draw against San Francisco at Negoesco Field on Friday night.
In fact, the last instances Cal Poly went to overtime on an opening weekend were 2006 and 2007, when 90 minutes didn't reveal a winner in either of the Mustangs' second games. A year ago, Cal Poly didn't go to overtime until Game No. 10, and similarly, it didn't experience a golden-goal situation until the 14th match of 2013.
Caitlyn Kreutz accounted for the first Mustang chance seven-and-a-half minutes in, as the freshman narrowly missed from just outside the right edge of the goal area.
Nicole Wheeler then shot wide-right in the 27th minute, before Kreutz came back in the 29th to force USF's Madalyn Schiffel into a save.
In the second half, Mustang senior Elise Krieghoff hit the right post on a 54th-minute try from nearly 15 yards, and shot high in the 73rd.
Cal Poly sophomore McKenzie Flood placed an attempt on target in the 80th minute before firing wide-left in the 81st, and Megan Abutin (shooting wide in the 71st) and Wheeler (on frame on 83') also nearly converted opportunities after the lights were turned on. Additionally, five minutes after regulation, Krieghoff again almost tallied, aiming just high.
Cal Poly goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti saved shots from Jessica Nakae (coming in the 26th and 108th minutes), Halle Bissin (48') and Sonja Giraud (86') on the way to finalizing the clean sheet.
It was the 16th shutout of the senior's career, moving her into fifth place in school history for the category.
The Mustangs topped the Dons 3-1 in San Luis Obispo a year ago.
Cal Poly will next head to Moraga, staying in the Bay Area to take on Saint Mary's at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Gaels also were locked in a WCC-vs.-Big West Conference matchup Friday evening, picking up a 2-0 home win over UC Santa Barbara.