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Cal Poly Finishes Non-Conference Play with 1-1 Draw at Pepperdine

Cal Poly Finishes Non-Conference Play with 1-1 Draw at Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. — For a third consecutive game, the Cal Poly women's soccer team played to a draw with a squad nationally ranked in the preseason Top 25, leaving Tari Frahm Rokus Field with a 1-1 tie at Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon to conclude the non-conference schedule.

The first significant Mustang threat was created at the end of the 14th minute, when senior Elise Krieghoff bypassed two Wave defenders with an overhead pass to set up sophomore McKenzie Flood with only the goalkeeper to beat. Flood's ensuing shot from just inside the right side of the 18-yard box sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

Cal Poly took the lead on 29', when freshman midfielder Chelsea Barry stepped in front of a Pepperdine connection in the middle of the center circle and launched a ball to Krieghoff. After settling it, Krieghoff — the school-record-holding goal-scorer — put away a left-footed shot from about eight yards via the left side of the penalty area, aimed inside the far post.

Krieghoff, one of the country's five leading active scorers at the Division I level, is now just one away from a career 50-goal total.

The Mustangs had another shot on goal with just over a minute to play to halftime, when junior Megan Abutin found freshman Caitlyn Kreutz, who forced a save by Hannah Seabert.

But Pepperdine (5-3-2) equalized in the 47th minute, when Emily Tanaka capitalized on a centered, close rebound of a Meghan Schoen shot.

For a moment, it initially looked as if the Mustangs had regained the advantage in the 65th thanks to a shot into the back of the net, but they were whistled for being offside.

Abutin also fired on target on 74' — similar to the location of her earlier-season goal at Saint Mary's that came from 20 yards out on the right side, but Seabert was in position.

Krieghoff also later tested the Waves with a right-footed blast on frame in the 87th minute, and then in the 95th nearly had a scoring opportunity on the left edge of the box, but the ball bounced away after a collision with Seabert.

Alyssa Giannetti made a third-minute save, before also making a diving stop in front of the left post in the 21st and an all-out deflection to her right two-and-a-half minutes into overtime. Perhaps the most impressive save by the senior, however, came in the 100th minute, when she negated a Kristen Rodriguez 1-v-1 opportunity.

Pepperdine began this fall 10th in the coaches poll, and were effectively 27th in Tuesday's voting.

Cal Poly (4-2-5) has still only lost to sides that were ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time of the games: 2-0 at Virginia on Aug. 28 and 1-0 versus Stanford on Sept. 4. (Then following a three-match winning streak, the Mustangs drew 0-0 with then-No. 13 Cal a week ago and 1-1 with No. 6 BYU on Thursday evening.)

The Mustangs will open Big West Conference play at UC Davis at 4 p.m. Thursday before flying to Hawai'i for a kickoff at 8 p.m. PDT Sunday.