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Late Goal Lifts No. 2 Stanford to 1-0 Road Win at Cal Poly

Late Goal Lifts No. 2 Stanford to 1-0 Road Win at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — In its second match during a seven-day span against a team ranked in the top two of the latest national coaches poll, the Cal Poly women's soccer program held No. 2 Stanford scoreless for 83 minutes Friday night, before the Cardinal scored late to leave Alex G. Spanos Stadium with a 1-0 win over the Mustangs.

In the 84th, Stanford's Haley Rosen sent a ball ahead to Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, who made a turn to her left about 12 yards out and shot just inside the right post for the decisive goal.

It was the only attempt of the evening that got past Mustang goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti, the reigning Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, who finished with seven saves. The senior, making her 63rd consecutive career start (nine away from tying the school record), stopped Cardinal shots in the 20th, 29th, 33rd, 43rd, 51st, 62nd and 80th minutes while retaining her .875 save percentage at the start of the day.

Cal Poly (1-2-2), which was playing its home opener in front of a crowd of 1,671 fans, saw freshman Ashley Kirchick take its first shot, aiming high in the 30th minute after a run down the right side. Two minutes into the second half, Kirchick got off another shot that went wide-right, and then fired high in the 52nd.

The Mustangs also threatened two more times in the second half: first on 70', when sophomore midfielder Katarina Drake angled a ball over from the right flank to McKenzie Flood that Stanford keeper Jane Campbell came out to grab just in time, and then on 74', when a freshman duo nearly connected in a similar sequence, as Chelsea Barry almost delivered a pass to Caitlyn Kreutz inside the penalty area before Campbell again was on the spot to snuff out the chance.

Stanford (3-0-0), looking to make it back to the Final Four for a seventh time in eight years, was picked as the preseason favorite in the Pac-12 coaches rankings. Walker-Hartshorn, who had two hat tricks a season ago, picked up her first tally of 2015 on Friday.

Robin Mertens, Nicole Wheeler and Gianna Rosati turned in complete-game efforts in front of Giannetti, and Allie Bégin played all but six of the 90 minutes while limiting the Cardinal to the lone goal. Mertens and Rosati have now played all 490 minutes so far this fall.

Cal Poly will continue non-conference play with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Fresno State on Sunday. The Bulldogs lost 2-1 to CSUN at home on Friday.