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Johnson Golden Goal Leads Cal Poly to 1-0 Win Over Saint Mary's

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the second time in three days, the Cal Poly women's soccer team won on a golden goal by a freshman, as Jessica Johnson scored a minute and 31 seconds into overtime Sunday afternoon to clinch a 1-0 win over Saint Mary's in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Johnson's game-winner is the second-fastest golden goal in program history, behind only a 2012 Jordyn Zander header (a minute and 17 seconds into extra time for a 2-1 win at UC Irvine).

Kelly Kessloff triggered the sudden-death finish with a pass from a few yards back of the midfield line to fellow sophomore Caitlyn Kreutz. Kreutz, some 15 yards above the penalty box perimeter, headed the ball to split two nearby defenders over to Johnson, who ran onto her flick with only oncoming Gaels goalkeeper Julia McDonald to beat.

Johnson then slotted it to the left to give the Mustangs their third consecutive win overall, as well as the first pair of back-to-back golden-goal victories since 2012 (when the aforementioned win at UC Irvine was followed by a 4-3 double-overtime comeback at Long Beach State).

Sunday's ending came after Friday night's 95th-minute game-ending shot by Megan Demijohn (also into the northside goal), which clinched a 2-1 victory over San Francisco.

It's the first time in school history that Cal Poly (now 135-57-16 all-time at home) has claimed back-to-back golden-goal outcomes only three days apart as the host. (The sudden-victory OT format was implemented by the NCAA in 1997, after 1992-96 regular-season rules provided two 15-minute overtimes that were fully played no matter what.)

Mustang senior Kendra Bonsall, making her 46th career start (11 away from joining the top 25 in program history), placed the game's first shot on goal in the 11th minute. Sophomore Sydney Knauer also fired on target three minutes before halftime.

Demijohn then forced a team save by the SMC back line in the 52nd minute and tested McDonald on 60', before sophomore Lexi Marietti aimed a header just high five minutes before the end of regulation.

Cal Poly freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown, the reigning Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, made saves in the 27th, 62nd and 88th minutes to secure her second shutout in a three-game span.

In addition to Bonsall, sophomore Chelsea Barry and junior Emily Hansen never left the pitch while earning the 187th clean sheet in school history.

The Mustangs (3-1) will next head to Seattle for the Husky Nike Invitational, facing host Washington at 7 p.m. Friday and then Portland in a neutral-site match at 12 noon Sunday.

They'll return home to welcome CSU Bakersfield for a 12 noon kickoff Sunday, Sept. 11 (Heroes Day at Spanos Stadium).