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Cal Poly Rolls to Fourth Win in Five Games, 4-1 Over A-10 Power Dayton

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Three different players scored for the Cal Poly women's soccer team on Friday night, leading the Mustangs to their fourth win in five games, 4-1 over Dayton in front of a massive Week of Welcome and AYSO Night crowd of 2,646 fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The reigning Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore midfielder Emily Hansen, netted her second goal within a 47-minute span, this time in the 27th minute.

Hansen's second career score came from the top of the penalty box, as she blasted a right-footed strike via a short pass from freshman Ashley Kirchick, who had settled a high Allie Bégin cross.

Then in the 32nd minute, junior Megan Abutin took on two Flyers with a hard dribble up the right flank before playing in a cross to Kirchick, leading to a Dayton own-goal making it 2-0.

Dayton, the preseason favorite in the A-10 Conference coaches poll and their defending league tournament champion, pulled within 2-1 six minutes after halftime, when Ashley Campbell recorded her 49th career tally, assisted by fellow All-Mid Atlantic Region honoree Nicole Waters for a straight-ahead shot in the center of the 18-yard box.

The Mustangs (4-2-2) took a 3-1 advantage on 80 minutes, when Caitlyn Kreutz chalked up already the fifth goal of her freshman season, sending a diagonal left-footed shot into the upper-right corner on an Abutin assist.

Then six minutes before full time, Kreutz drew a penalty, which Abutin proceeded to convert for the final margin.

Now with 14 goals and 17 assists since 2013, Abutin upped her point total to 45, moving to 13th place in school history in the all-time category.

Cal Poly senior Alyssa Giannetti made five saves on the evening.

Kirchick and fellow Mustang freshman Chelsea Barry both also placed two shots on frame in the victory.

The Mustangs will stay at home to take on No. 13 Cal (6-1-1) at 3 p.m. Sunday, the third of four consecutive matches in San Luis Obispo.