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Cal Poly Opens Big West Conference Play With 2-1 Win Over Hawai'i

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team opened Big West Conference play with a 2-1 win over Hawai'i on Friday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The Mustangs got on the scoreboard in the 17th minute, when Caitlyn Kreutz got behind the Rainbow Wahine defense and earned a takedown in the box. Another sophomore, Kelly Kessloff, converted the ensuing penalty kick opportunity, beating Monk Berger to the left.

The Wahine equalized in the 33rd minute, as Raisa Strom-Okimoto blasted a free kick inside the far post from 25 yards out for her fifth goal of the season.

Berger snared a header by senior Kendra Bonsall 15 minutes into the second half, but Bonsall would come forward again to tally the go-ahead strike in the 69th minute.

Bonsall — who with 54 career starts is now three away from joining the top 25 in school history — recorded her fifth career goal (to go with three assists since 2013) from the center of the box off a pass from sophomore Stephanie Magellan. It was the second assist of the season for Magellan, who was initially set up by redshirt freshman Lexi Marietti.

Kreutz then forced another Berger stop with a 72nd-minute shot.

Tia Furuta hit the crossbar in the 71st for Hawai'i (7-2-1, 0-1-0), and Mustang freshman Sophia Brown made three saves the rest of the way (on 79', 86' and 88') to preserve the lead to full time.

Brown finished with nine saves. Hawai'i had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks for the evening, marking just the second occasion this fall Cal Poly (6-5-1, 1-0-0) has taken fewer corners than its opponent.

The match also was the 100th career Big West victory for 25th-year head coach Alex Crozier, the conference's all-time wins leader (278th win overall).

Cal Poly will continue conference action by traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a 2 p.m. kickoff Sunday.

Photos by Matt Aguirre and Alexander Bohlen