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Cal Poly Back Home to Host Pepperdine on Friday, Seattle on Sunday

Cal Poly Back Home to Host Pepperdine on Friday, Seattle on Sunday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After playing four of five games away from Alex G. Spanos Stadium, the Cal Poly women's soccer team will open a three-match homestand while concluding non-conference play this weekend.

As part of Week of Welcome around campus, the Mustangs (4-4-1) will host Pepperdine (4-3-2) at 5 p.m. Friday and Seattle (3-4-1) at 12 noon Sunday.

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: 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.

Links to live stats, video and audio broadcasts of Mustang games can be found above, on the schedule page at GoPoly.com or through the GoPoly Front Row app.

CAL POLY VS. PEPPERDINE: Last season, the Mustangs earned a 1-1 road draw with the Waves, who lead a close all-time rivalry between the two 5-4-3. Pepperdine's attack prominently features senior Rylee Baisden (with a team-best four goals and two assists) and junior Bri Visalli (an all-regional midfielder in 2015).

CAL POLY VS. SEATTLE: The Redhawks are led by senior Brie Hooks' four goals, while sophomore Karli White was also a first-team All-WAC forward a year ago. The two sides have only met three times previously (last in 2013), with Cal Poly holding a 2-1 edge historically.

KREUTZ AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Following another goal and an assist at the Marquette Invitational, Mustang sophomore Caitlyn Kreutz starts this week ranked seventh in the Big West in assists (three) and eighth in goals (also a trio). The conference's offensive player of the week on Aug. 29 is sixth in the NCAA combined-points category (nine).

Kreutz converted a penalty in the 65th minute of the 3-2 loss at Marquette on Sept. 16 and came back two days later to assist on freshman Jessica Johnson's 16th-minute equalizer in a 2-1 loss to Loyola Chicago.

UNDERCLASSMEN CONTINUE TO LEAD ATTACK: Including Kreutz and Johnson, all of the Mustangs' 10 goals and nine assists so far have come from either freshmen or sophomores, several of whom continued to make immediate impacts in Milwaukee.

Against the host Golden Eagles, Cal Poly got on the scoreboard in the 50th minute when redshirt freshman Lexi Marietti headed in a corner kick from true freshman Jordan Patane. Then vs. Loyola Chicago, sophomore Ashley Kirchick distributed a secondary assist.

Prior to heading to Marquette, sophomore Stephanie Magellan scored the game-winning goal (1-0) in the 87th minute against CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 11.

A week earlier, redshirt sophomore Macy Vrabel scored off a Chelsea Barry free kick (the sophomore's fourth career assist) in a 1-1 draw with Portland at the Husky Nike Invitational in Seattle.


PLAYING THE CORNERS: The Patane-Marietti connection vs. Marquette was the Mustangs' third goal from a corner kick this season.

After a 12-5 advantage in corners earned against Loyola Chicago, Cal Poly has a 49-36 edge for the year (including 31-18 in second halves).


BROWN STOPS ANOTHER PENALTY: The Marquette match also saw freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown deny a 63rd-minute penalty kick by All-Big East senior Liz Bartels.

It was the second stopped PK for Brown this season, as she also turned away the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, Arielle Ship, in a 1-0 loss at No. 18 Cal on Aug. 19 (part of a 10-save effort that earned her the Big West Defensive Player of the Week award on Aug. 22 — a day after also making two saves in a 2-0 road shutout of Pacific).

GREEN & GOLDEN: Cal Poly claimed back-to-back golden-goal victories on Aug. 26 and 28, topping San Francisco 2-1 on a 95th-minute tiebreaker by freshman Megan Demijohn (with the service from Kreutz) and winning 1-0 over Saint Mary's thanks to Johnson (assisted by Kreutz via sophomore Kelly Kessloff) spoiling a Gael shutout only a minute and 31 seconds into overtime.

Not only was Johnson's tally the second-fastest sudden-death goal recorded in school history; 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).

MUSTANGS IN THE RECORD BOOK: Now with 10 career goals, Kreutz needs seven more to enter the all-time Mustang top 10. The Philippines National Team member and 2015 Big West All-Freshman Team honoree owns the seventh-fastest goal in school history (a minute and 12 seconds after kickoff) and the fourth-latest game-winner ever (2:08 from full time).

Meanwhile, the strike by Magellan (a Brazil National Team U-20 training camp invitee) against CSU Bakersfield ranks as the ninth-latest regulation go-ahead goal (3:08 to 90') in program history.

Kendra Bonsall is the squad's active leader in both career matches (61) and minutes (4,334) played. With 51 starts, she's six away from joining the top 25 in school history. Both Kreutz and Bonsall (the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Aug. 29) made the Marquette Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Between the back line and middle third, Bonsall, fellow senior Nicole Wheeler (No. 2 on the roster with 52 career appearances and 40 starts) and junior Emily Hansen (46 matches played, all but one in a starting role) have helped the Mustang defense to three shutouts this season.

At 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 on Sept. 11.

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 at 3-14-2) finishes the season at home against the Western New York Flash on Saturday.

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.