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Second-Half Goal Lifts No. 18 Cal to Season-Opening Win vs. Cal Poly, 1-0

Second-Half Goal Lifts No. 18 Cal to Season-Opening Win vs. Cal Poly, 1-0

BERKELEY, Calif. — A second-half goal by Ifeoma Onumonu gave the Cal women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Cal Poly on Friday evening at Edwards Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

The Golden Bears, ranked No. 18 in the preseason NSCAA Top 25 poll, scored in the 63rd minute, when Arielle Ship, the 2015 Pac-12 Player of the Year, passed in from the left to find Onumonu for the game-winner.

Mustang goalkeeper Sophia Brown, making her first collegiate start, finished with 10 saves. She began by saving a 13th-minute shot by Haley Lukas before also stopping Abigail Kim in the 15th minute.

Then in the 24th, Cal earned a penalty, but Brown (pictured) denied Ship to keep the game scoreless.

The Mustangs won a corner in the 38th minute, leading to a shot by freshman Megan Demijohn soon afterward that sailed high, before the teams went to the half drawn.

Brown, the 2015-16 CIF Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, also made saves against Heather Walleigh (in the 34th minute), Emma Fletcher (50' and 85'), Onumonu (53' and 85'), Ship (69') and Kelly Fitzgerald (75').

Another Mustang true freshman, Jessica Johnson, also recorded her first career shot (firing wide in the 64th minute).

Cal Poly also created a chance in the 88th minute, as senior Nicole Wheeler launched a corner kick in to junior McKenzie Flood, whose shot went wide.

It was the second straight trip to Goldman Field resulting in a one-goal differential with the Golden Bears, as Cal Poly fell 2-1 in 2014 (prior to earning a shutout draw last season at home).

Cal Poly will next head to Pacific, traveling to Stockton to face the Tigers in their season opener at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Knoles Field. WCC TV will provide a live video stream, with a link at GoPoly.com.