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Cal Poly, Portland Play to 1-1 Draw at Husky Nike Invitational

Cal Poly, Portland Play to 1-1 Draw at Husky Nike Invitational

SEATTLE — The Cal Poly women's soccer team played Portland to a 1-1 draw at the Husky Nike Invitational on Sunday afternoon, returning home from the Pacific Northwest after an 8-4 advantage in shots placed on goal.

Sophomore Caitlyn Kreutz took the Mustangs' first shot in the sixth minute (high), followed by Cal Poly corner kicks at the 8' and 9' marks.

Hannah Griffiths-Boston then scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season for Portland (2-1-2), tallying in the 21st minute off an assist from All-WCC senior Ellie Boon.

Cal Poly (3-2-1), however, would equalize in the 32nd minute when Macy Vrabel recorded her first collegiate goal, assisted by fellow sophomore Chelsea Barry.

Mustang freshman Sophia Brown stepped in front of a 27th-minute shot by Allison Wetherington before also making a 38th-minute save on another Griffiths-Boston attempt to keep the match level. Also before the break, Ashley Kirchick had a shot deflected (35'), and another sophomore, Sydney Knauer, forced Pilot goalkeeper Hanna de Haan into a save (43').

The Mustangs controlled possession to start the second half, earning corners in the 51st and 55th minutes, a sequence bookending a 54th-minute shot on goal by senior Kendra Bonsall.

Cal Poly continued on the attack, turning a 75th-minute corner opportunity into a shot on frame by redshirt freshman Lexi Marietti a minute before Kreutz again shot on goal.

Barry then shot off the crossbar on a free kick earned in the 79th minute, followed by De Haan saving another shot by Marietti and Kreutz hitting the post. Stephanie Magellan also aimed a shot on target in the 82nd minute, leading to two more Mustang corners before the end of regulation.

Three minutes into the first overtime at Husky Soccer Stadium, Brown denied a Kimberly Hazlett attempt, six minutes before a Kessloff shot was blocked by the Pilot back line. In the second OT, Magellan put a 107th-minute shot on goal, and the Mustangs lined up one last corner (their eighth on the day, compared to Portland's six) with just over a minute to play, but the Pilots were able to come up with the clearance.

It was the third all-time meeting between the two programs, with Portland (national champions in 2002 and 2005) now having won once and drawn twice.

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