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Cal Poly Tops Richmond 2-1 as Kreutz Earns Brace, Giannetti Breaks Saves Record

Cal Poly Tops Richmond 2-1 as Kreutz Earns Brace, Giannetti Breaks Saves Record

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Cal Poly freshman Caitlyn Kreutz scored the fourth-latest go-ahead goal in school history Sunday afternoon, part of her first collegiate brace, while senior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti broke the program's career saves record as the Mustang women's soccer team topped Richmond 2-1 to close the Nike Soccer Classic.

Giannetti tied the record (307) in the first minute at Klöckner Stadium, stopping an attempt by Darian Podmajersky.

The Spiders — coming off a 4-0 win over Delaware — took the lead in the fourth minute, when Meaghan Carrigan (the 2014 A-10 Conference Rookie of the Year) took a ball from Lindsey Williams and aimed to the lower-right corner from six yards for her second tally this fall.

Cal Poly almost equalized in the ninth, and again on 20', when sophomore McKenzie Flood and senior Elise Krieghoff placed shots on target.

Giannetti broke the record — set by Kristina Grigaitis from 1993-96 — with her 308th save since 2012 in the 21st minute, when she denied Podmajersky again.

Seven minutes later, Giannetti — a back-to-back All-Big West Second Team member making her 62nd career start — stepped in front of another Carrigan try.

After the break, the Mustangs continued on the attack, as Krieghoff forced second-year starter Katie Brennan into a 56th-minute rejection, before two follow-ups were blocked.

Then in the 60th, Cal Poly (1-1-2) broke through on a penalty from Kreutz.

Some nice work by Brennan held off a Mustang go-ahead score, as she saved a Krieghoff shot in the 81st minute before standing in for an unsuccessful penalty two minutes afterward.

Then on a counter just 2:08 before full time, junior Megan Abutin found Kreutz, who buried the game-winner inside the right post from a few steps into the 18-yard box. Among clutch strikes to put the Mustangs over the top, it was the latest since Oct. 12, 2008 (the record, at 89:55).

The assist was the 16th of Abutin's career, bringing her level with three alumni (Wendy Jones, Michelle Nuesca and Michelle George) for the No. 6 spot all-time at Cal Poly.

Giannetti added four more saves after intermission, finishing with seven (making for a total of 20 over the weekend), including three versus Carrigan (on 68', 85' and 87') on the way to a number of 313.

The Mustangs were coming off a 2-0 loss to No. 2-ranked Virginia on Friday night, the 34th consecutive home win for the Cavaliers, the NCAA runner-up from a year ago and hosts of the tournament. It was the second time in 18 non-ACC regular-season matches an opponent had limited them to two goals.

In its upcoming home opener, Cal Poly will take on the second of five preseason national top-20 sides before the end of September.

The Mustangs will host No. 3 Stanford (2-0-0) in Alex G. Spanos Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday. It's also Jersey Night (as fans 13 and younger who wear sports jerseys get in for free).