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Cal Poly to Face Marquette, Loyola Chicago at Invitational in Milwaukee

Cal Poly to Face Marquette, Loyola Chicago at Invitational in Milwaukee

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team will travel to Milwaukee this week for the Marquette Invitational.

The Mustangs (4-2-1), coming off a 1-0 home win over CSU Bakersfield, will first take on the host Golden Eagles at 5:30 p.m. PDT Friday before returning to Valley Fields to face Loyola Chicago at 9 a.m. PDT Sunday.


Stephanie Magellan tallied the game-winner against the Roadrunners in the 87th minute at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, settling a clearance attempt to shoot into the upper-left corner from 10 yards away. The sophomore's strike is the ninth-latest (regulation) go-ahead goal in school history.

Magellan, a Brazil National Team U-20 training camp invitee for the past two years, also had two of the Mustangs' other seven shots on goal vs. CSUB.

Meanwhile on Sept. 11, defenders Chelsea Barry, Kendra Bonsall, Nicole Wheeler, Lexi Marietti, Emily Hansen and Nicole Fetsch helped freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown earn the squad's third shutout this season (tied for 27th-most nationally so far in 2016).


FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Links to live stats and video of this week's games in Wisconsin can be found above, on the schedule page at GoPoly.com or through the free GoPoly Front Row app downloadable on mobile devices.

Admission to Mustang 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.

After returning from the Midwest, the Mustangs will wrap up non-conference play with a pair of Week of Welcome games: vs. Pepperdine at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and Seattle at 12 noon Sunday, Sept. 25.


THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Marquette (2-4-2) has picked up each of its victories in 2-1 fashion: at Illinois State on Aug. 25 and over Michigan on Aug. 28. All but one of the Golden Eagles' losses are by a one-goal margin, with the lone exception being a 3-0 result at No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 4.

Morgan Proffitt, an All-Northeast Region selection a season ago, leads Marquette with two goals, while fellow senior Darian Powell also earned All-Big East accolades after scoring seven times in 2015.

A year after advancing to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament final (eliminated on penalties), Loyola Chicago (0-4-2) is looking for its first win of 2016, with draws at Green Bay (scoreless on Aug. 19) and Eastern Michigan (1-1 on Sept. 4).

Jenna Szczesny, a sophomore forward for the Ramblers, was the MVC Freshman of the Year after posting a team-leading five goals and five assists, while junior goalkeeper Maddie Ford ranks second in the conference with an .800 save percentage.

BARRY, VRABEL CONNECT VS. PORTLAND: Cal Poly closed the Husky Nike Invitational in Seattle with a 1-1 draw against Portland on Sept. 4. Barry earned the fourth assist of her career by sending a 32nd-minute free kick into the middle of the box for Macy Vrabel, who volleyed far-post for the equalizer.

Barry has played all 657 possible minutes this season.

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 Gael 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).

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 the weekend sweep.

The Philippines National Team member got Cal Poly on the board against USF, tapping in a 52nd-minute rebound. She later crossed in from the 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 a Kelly Kessloff pass from midfield over to Johnson for the decisive 1-v-1 opportunity.

BROWN ALSO WINS AWARD: Following her first weekend as a Mustang starter, Brown was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 22. She made 10 saves in the 1-0 loss 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 2-0 shutout of Pacifc on Aug. 21.

MUSTANGS IN THE RECORD BOOK: Now with nine career goals, 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 game-winner ever (2:08 from full time).

Bonsall, meanwhile, is the squad's active leader in both career matches (59) and minutes (4,154) played. With 49 starts, the senior (chosen as the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Aug. 29) is eight away from joining the top 25 in school history.

Now 3-0-0 in Spanos Stadium in 2016, Cal Poly — which ranked 20th nationally in attendance in 2015 (averaging 1,201 fans) — improved to 136-57-16 at home all-time with last week's win.

MUSTANGS IN THE PROS: Former Mustang forward Elise Krieghoff, now with the Boston Breakers in the NWSL, scored her first professional goal on Sept. 11 in a 4-1 road loss to the Houston Dash, dispossessing Cari Roccaro and beating Lydia Williams in the 76th minute.

Through six appearances this season, Krieghoff has played 143 minutes. The school record-holder for goals (52 from 2012-15) has taken three shots (two on frame) as a rookie. Boston (on 11 points via 3-14-2) finishes the season at home against the Western New York Flash on Sept. 24.

Former Cal Poly goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti is also in her rookie year, having started all 16 matches for Arna-Bjørnar FC in Norway.

In a poll of Toppserien coaches by Kvinnefotball, Giannetti (who made a school-record 380 saves from 2012-15) was voted the league's best goalkeeper through the first half of the season (during which she saved penalties in 1-0 shutouts over Klepp and Sandviken). Arna-Bjørnar (19 points; 6-9-1) has six more matches through Nov. 5.