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Cal Poly to Host CSU Bakersfield at 12 Noon Sunday

Cal Poly to Host CSU Bakersfield at 12 Noon Sunday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team will host CSU Bakersfield at 12 noon Sunday, beginning a Heroes Day doubleheader in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The game will be followed by the Mustang men's soccer team taking on Fresno Pacific at 5 p.m. All active or retired military personnel, fire fighters and police officers get in for free.

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.

The Mustangs last faced the Roadrunners in 2013, picking up a 5-2 road win that placed the all-time series between the two at 7-1-0 in Cal Poly's favor.

CSUB (2-3-1), which will host Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. Friday, features the 2015 WAC Freshman of the Year, Aminah Settles (with one goal, two assists and four other shots on goal this fall), and a first-team All-WAC junior, Sabrina Delgado (two goals & three additional shots on target), in its attack.

In goal, Roadrunner sophomore Jen Padilla averages 4.6 saves per game and a 1.81 GAA, with shutouts coming against UTEP and Presbyterian earlier this season.

BARRY, VRABEL CONNECT VS. PORTLAND: Cal Poly (3-2-1) closed the Husky Nike Invitational with a 1-1 draw against Portland in Seattle on Sept. 4. Mustang sophomore defender Chelsea Barry earned the fourth assist of her career, sending a 32nd-minute free kick from the right side into the middle of the box for Macy Vrabel, who volleyed far-post for an equalizer.

Barry has played all 567 minutes this year.

Altogether at the invitational (started with a 3-0 loss to No. 27-ranked Washington, which went on to win its tournament), Cal Poly had a combined 15-11 advantage in corner kicks and an 11-9 edge in shots on goal.

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 tiebreaker 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 Aug. 29 after her one-goal, two-assist contribution to a 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 25 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 (58) and minutes (4,064) played. With 48 starts, the senior defender (the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Aug. 29) is nine 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 WheelerShannon Stabler and Cassandra Fäsi, junior Emily Hansen and redshirt freshman Lexi Marietti (in addition to Barry and 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, as 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.

Cal Poly has scored three goals this season in the final 15 minutes of first halves.