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Cal Poly Finishes Season-Opening Road Trip with 1-1 Draw at Saint Mary's

MORAGA, Calif. — After having to wait until the 10th game a year ago to experience overtime (and the 14th match in 2013), the Cal Poly women's soccer team has already gone through back-to-back golden-goal scenarios to begin 2015. The Mustangs wrapped up their season-opening trip — the first of four straight on the road out of the gate — with a 1-1 draw at Saint Mary's on Sunday.

Megan Abutin struck first, netting the go-ahead goal in the 28th minute. From a few yards behind the top-right border of the penalty area, she lofted an arcing shot beyond the extended reach of backpedaling Gael goalkeeper Julia McDonald for her 12th career score.

The junior now has 39 points as a Mustang (combined with her 15 assists), tied for the 16th-most in school history.

With just over five minutes remaining until full time, though, Kiana Quarles put away a rebound of a Madison Salom shot for the late SMC equalizer.

Altogether on the afternoon, Cal Poly outshot Saint Mary's (which was coming off a 2-0 home victory over UC Santa Barbara) 16-14 and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. 

Cal Poly's best chances after regulation came in the 98th minute (when freshman Caitlyn Kreutz placed a close shot into the left side of the net) and then the 108th (when sophomore McKenzie Flood took a pass from senior Elise Krieghoff, turned and shot from 12 yards, but McDonald stepped in front just in time).

The Mustangs, who earned a scoreless draw at San Francisco on Friday night, nearly went up 2-0 in the 50th minute Sunday, when Krieghoff sent a cross in from the right to find freshman Ashley Kirchick, who hit the crossbar from eight yards away. Flood also nearly tallied with a 31st-minute left-footed blast that was saved.

Krieghoff also tested the keeper with attempts on target in the 55th, 61st, 67th, 80th and 81st minutes. She also set up a header by sophomore Gianna Rosati via a 77th-minute corner.

Alyssa Giannetti made saves against Salom in the 26th and 79th minutes, and denied Hannah Diaz in the 48th and Samantha Dion in the 58th.

Now with 293 career saves, Giannetti is 15 away from breaking the program record.

Cal Poly will now travel to the East Coast to visit No. 3 Virginia (1-0-0) at 4 p.m. PDT Friday, before staying in Charlottesville to face Richmond (0-1-0) at 9 a.m. PDT Aug. 30.