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Kreutz, Kirchick Score as Cal Poly Tops Seattle 2-1 at Home

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly sophomores Caitlyn Kreutz and Ashley Kirchick scored first-half goals on Sunday afternoon, leading the Mustang women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Seattle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Kreutz tallied her fourth goal of the season (11th career) with the match's first shot in the sixth minute, slotting home a through ball from freshman Jessica Johnson (who was set up with a pass from the center circle by senior Kendra Bonsall).

It was the second straight game with an assist for Johnson. The initial service from Bonsall was the third career assist for the defender, who made her 53rd career start (four away from joining the top 25 in school history).

The Redhawks equalized in the 15th minute, when first-team All-WAC forward Karli White maneuvered upfield into the box for a centered shot into the right side of the net.

After the first of two water breaks on a 95-degree day, Kirchick scored the game-winner in the 34th minute. She used her head to advance a pass that took one bounce from junior midfielder Emily Hansen before cutting in from the right touchline for a sliding shot that snuck behind the Seattle back line.

It was the first collegiate goal for Kirchick, who has also distributed five assists as a Mustang.

Four minutes after returning for the second half, sophomore Kelly Kessloff sent a corner kick in to Hansen for a header that sailed over the crossbar. Then in the 53rd minute, Bonsall forced a save by Ashley Routh, before she also headed a corner by sophomore Stephanie Magellan in the 57th.

Following the second water break, the Mustangs lined up two more corners in the 76th and 77th minutes, the latter of which led to a shot (wide) from freshman Jordan Patane, before a Patane corner found sophomore Sydney Knauer for a header in the 80th.

Mustang freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown made 11 saves in the win, a new season-high (surpassing the 10 she made at Cal on Aug. 19).

Patane also placed a shot on goal in the 83rd minute, before Magellan accounted for the last Mustang corner of the game with 56 seconds remaining.

Cal Poly had a 6-3 advantage in corners for the day (now 61-42 for the season, as the season opener against the Golden Bears is the only time this year the Mustangs have earned fewer corners).

Cal Poly (5-5-1) will open Big West Conference play at home on Friday, hosting Hawai'i at 7 p.m.

Photo by Matt Aguirre