SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Playing at home for the second time in seven games, the Cal Poly women's soccer team treated an Alex G. Spanos Stadium crowd of more than 2,000 fans to a 2-0 Big West Conference win over UC Irvine on Friday night.
Just four minutes into the match, Mustang senior Elise Krieghoff placed a shot on goal stemming from a Megan Abutin corner kick, and again forced a Corey Tobin save in the 10th minute.
Krieghoff would score in the 30th minute, burying a centered free kick from nearly 25 yards inside the right post, despite Tobin getting a hand on it.
It was the second time in three seasons that Krieghoff converted a free-kick opportunity against the Anteaters, as she previously made one on the south end of the field (also taken above the 18-yard box) as a sophomore in 2013.
It was the 52nd career strike for Krieghoff, one of the five highest active totals in the country at the Division I level.
Fellow senior Sara Epps also tested Tobin with a 39th-minute shot on target.
Then 13 minutes after halftime, freshman defensive midfielder Chelsea Barry angled a ball into the box from almost 30 yards, to ultimately have it redirected into the right side of the net by sophomore forward McKenzie Flood. It was Flood's second tally of the season, and Barry's second assist.
Flood also fired on frame on 65'. Cal Poly outshot the Anteaters 17-9 altogether.
Alyssa Giannetti, a senior making her program-record 75th career start, made stops in the 17th, 22nd and 74th minutes, as well as two saves in the 86th.
It was Giannetti's 19th shutout as a Mustang.
Cal Poly (6-6-5, 2-4-0 for six points in the table) will next host UC Riverside (9-7-0, 3-2-0 for six standings points) at 12 noon Sunday (also Faculty Appreciation Day), part of a three-game home stand to close the regular season.
Photos by Alexander Bohlen