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Fast Start Carries Cal Poly to 4-0 Road Win Over Fresno State

FRESNO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team scored three times during the first seven minutes Sunday night against Fresno State on the way to a 4-0 road win.

Playing close to her hometown of Clovis, Mustang freshman Caitlyn Kreutz accounted for the initial goal in the second minute, putting away a ball from sophomore McKenzie Flood on a header. It was the seventh-fastest goal in school history, and the second-earliest since the fall of 2003.

Katarina Drake made it 2-0 in the seventh minute, as the sophomore midfielder tallied her first collegiate goal by heading in a cross sent from junior Nicole Wheeler.

Then only 55 seconds later, junior Megan Abutin provided the three-score advantage by arcing in a free kick from the left side. Abutin now has 13 goals and 16 assists since arriving in 2013.

Kreutz chalked up her second brace in three matches with eight-and-a-half minutes remaining, maneuvering to her left inside the 18-yard box before firing into the roof of the net for the final margin.

The opening flurry of offense nearly became the fourth instance in program history of recording three goals all within a five-minute span. Regardless of when they occurred on the clock, the all-time record for the fastest recurrence of a trio of goals is three minutes (42'-44'-45' against UC Santa Barbara in 1995, part of a 5-0 win).

Cal Poly freshman Ashley Kirchick placed a shot on target in the 35th minute, and following a Bulldog change between the posts, junior Kendra Bonsall (on 53'), Drake (56'), freshman Chelsea Barry (63') and senior Jordan Ansara (84') also forced saves. Barry also took corners in the second half, taking over for Abutin.

In the back line, senior co-captain Robin Mertens played her sixth consecutive complete game to start the year.

Behind her, Alyssa Giannetti stopped shots in the 18th, 42nd, 70th, 79th, 80th and 83rd minutes on the way to her 17th career shutout.

Giannetti began the evening No. 8 on the NCAA's current career leaderboard for minutes played in goal among active players across all 332 Division I programs. On Friday,, an independent blog focused on American goalkeeping, ranked her as one of the top 10 senior-class goalkeepers in the country so far for 2015.

With just over five minutes left to full time, fellow senior Heather Rouhier came on to relieve Giannetti and preserve the clean sheet.

Cal Poly (2-2-2), whose only losses have come to the top two ranked teams in the country, will return to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to host San Jose State (2-1-1) at 12 noon Sunday.