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Cal Poly to Face Washington, Portland at Husky Nike Invitational

Cal Poly to Face Washington, Portland at Husky Nike Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — On a three-game winning streak, the Cal Poly women's soccer team will travel to Seattle this week to face a tandem of Pacific Northwest powers at the Husky Nike Invitational.

The Mustangs (3-1-0) will first take on Washington (2-1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday before returning to Husky Soccer Stadium to play Portland (also 2-1-0) at 12 noon Sunday.

Cal Poly will then return home to host CSU Bakersfield for a 12 noon kickoff on Sept. 11 (also Heroes Day at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, part of a doubleheader with the Mustang men's squad, which will welcome Fresno Pacific at 5 p.m.).

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Admission to home games is free for Cal Poly students all fall. For the general public, tickets can be bought at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk windows at the on-campus Performing Arts Center or Rec. Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Links to live stats, video and audio of Mustang games can be found on the schedule page at GoPoly.com.

CAL POLY VS. WASHINGTON: The two teams haven't met since 1998, with UW holding a 4-1-0 advantage all-time. Ironically, the Mustang win came at Portland (2-1 at the Pilots' 1997 Adidas Invitational).

The Husky attack features a recent USWNT U-20 training camp invitee in Shannon Simon. She's one of four players with a goal apiece for Washington, which is effectually ranked 35th (through the others-receiving-votes category) in the latest coaches Top 25 poll.

CAL POLY VS. PORTLAND: The Mustangs are 0-1-1 all-time against the Pilots, having last met in 1997. Portland — the 2002 and 2005 national champions — are led by two All-WCC seniors in outside back Ellie Boon and midfielder Allison Wetherington, while junior Hannah Griffiths Boston has put away a team-best four goals.

Seattle will be the other neutral team at the 16th annual edition of the tournament, squared off with Portland just prior to the Mustangs' Friday night matchup with the hosts at the same pitch.

GREEN AND GOLDEN: Cal Poly claimed back-to-back golden-goal victories on Aug. 26 and 28, topping San Francisco 2-1 on a Megan Demijohn 95th-minute draw-breaker and winning 1-0 over Saint Mary's thanks to another freshman, Jessica Johnson, spoiling a clean sheet only a minute and 31 seconds into overtime.

Not only was Johnson's tally the second-fastest sudden-death goal recorded in school history (by 14 seconds after a Jordyn Zander game-winner from 2012); it also represented the first time in four years the Mustangs have won on back-to-back golden goals only three days apart (as well as the first time ever doing so at home).

The NCAA implemented the sudden-death OT format in 1997.

KREUTZ NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mustang sophomore forward Caitlyn Kreutz was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after her one-goal, two-assist contribution to the weekend sweep.

The Philippines National Team member got Cal Poly on the board against USF, tapping in a 52nd-minute rebound of Stephanie Magellan's shot on goal adjacent to the left post. She later crossed in from the right end line to a wide-open Demijohn, who ran onto the ball in the middle of the box for the clinching shot.

In the latter victory, Kreutz split two nearby defenders by heading Kelly Kessloff's pass from midfield over to Johnson for the decisive 1-v-1 opportunity.

MUSTANGS IN THE RECORD BOOK: Now with nine career goals in 23 games, Kreutz needs eight more to enter the all-time Mustang top 10. 

The 2015 Big West All-Freshman Team and Virginia Nike Classic All-Tournament honoree also owns the seventh-fastest goal in school history (a minute and 12 seconds after kickoff), as well as the fourth-latest regulation game-winner ever (2:08 from full time).

Kendra Bonsall, meanwhile, is the squad's active leader in both career matches (56) and minutes (3,864) played. With 46 starts, the senior defender (the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Aug. 29) is 11 away from joining the top 25 in school history.

In conceding only two shots on goal in the 2-0 win at Pacific on Aug. 21, the Cal Poly back line — also featuring seniors Nicole Wheeler, Shannon Stabler and Cassandra Fåsi, junior Emily Hansen, sophomore Chelsea Barry and redshirt freshman Lexi Marietti (in addition to Bonsall) at various moments this fall — nearly produced the 28th performance in program history of allowing no more than one attempt on frame.

The defense combined for the 187th shutout in program history against Saint Mary's, when Cal Poly — which ranked 20th nationally in attendance in 2015 (averaging crowds of 1,201 fans) — improved to 135-57-16 at home all-time.

BROWN HONORED AFTER DEBUT: Following her first weekend as a Mustang starter, freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 22.

She made 10 saves at No. 18 Cal on Aug. 19, including stopping a penalty taken by the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, Arielle Ship, and denied two more shots during the shutout in Stockton.

The first score against the Tigers came when Kessloff headed in a Barry corner kick on 42', before Kreutz tacked on another with less than a minute remaining to halftime off an assist from Magellan inside the penalty area.