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Loyola Chicago Edges Cal Poly in Last Minute at Marquette Invitational

MILWAUKEE — The Loyola Chicago women's soccer team scored with less than 45 seconds remaining until the end of regulation Sunday for a 2-1 win over Cal Poly at the Marquette Invitational.

The Ramblers took the lead two minutes in at Valley Fields, when Katie Grall tapped in an opportunity from a clearance attempt after Mustang freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown punched the ball out.

Cal Poly created several chances over the ensuing 10 minutes, starting with a shot by sophomore forward Caitlyn Kreutz (off the post in the ninth minute), a shot on goal from freshman Jessica Johnson (at the 10' mark) and then three consecutive corner kicks within 70 seconds (11' and 12').

The Mustangs would equalize in the 16th minute, pulling even when Kreutz drove the end line and slotted the ball back across the box to Johnson for the finish.

It was the second goal of the season for Johnson, and the third assist of 2016 for Kreutz (as well as the fourth of her career).

Cal Poly sophomore Chelsea Barry also placed a shot on goal in the 20th minute, followed by a Kreutz attempt (wide) in the 25th. Then after a corner by sophomore Stephanie Magellan (29'), Barry (shooting wide) kept the attack going, continued by Kreutz forcing another save by Cassidy Lentz (30').

Brown also made a 42nd-minute save on Ari Banks to keep the match drawn.

Five minutes into the second half (after a Loyola Chicago goalkeeper change to Maddie Ford), Kreutz placed another shot on frame. Cal Poly also lined up corner kicks in the 51st and 56th minutes, before taking another in the 57th that culminated in a header (high) by senior Kendra Bonsall.

Johnson (63' and 64') and sophomore Ashley Kirchick (72' from a Magellan corner) also got shots off midway through the second half, and the Mustangs earned other corners on 67', 69', 84' and 86' (the last of which led to a shot from Bonsall that sailed high).

With overtime pending and Cal Poly pushing numbers forward, Loyola Chicago scored the game-winner in the final minute.

Jenna Szczesny, last season's Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, broke free up the middle and took a pass from Sienna Cruz with only the keeper to beat, putting away the 1-v-1 opportunity with 42 seconds to play.

The Mustangs had a 12-5 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon. Both Kreutz and Bonsall were selected to the all-tournament team.

Cal Poly (4-4-1) will now return home for a pair of Week of Welcome games at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, concluding non-conference play by hosting No. 25 Pepperdine at 5 p.m. Friday and then Seattle at 12 noon Sunday, Sept. 25.