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First-Half Goal Lifts CSUN to 1-0 Win Over Cal Poly

First-Half Goal Lifts CSUN to 1-0 Win Over Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Lindsay Kutscher scored in the 25th minute at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Sunday afternoon, lifting the CSUN women's soccer team to a 1-0 win at Cal Poly.

Matador junior Cynthia Sanchez began the sequence by attempting a chip from above the penalty area, ricocheting off the crossbar. After the carom dropped only a few feet in front of the goal line, Kutscher swooped in to corral the rebound and shoot to the right corner.

It was the third goal this year for Kutscher, ultimately holding up as CSUN (7-3-5, 2-1-1) recorded its 11th shutout of the season — a total not only No. 1 in the nation for 2016 but four back of tying the all-time Big West Conference record (15, set by the 2003 Cal Poly squad).

Cal Poly sophomore Ashley Kirchick placed a shot on goal in the 14th minute, and freshman teammate Megan Demijohn tried a header in the 16th, but Jovani McCaskill was there for the save both times.

Chelsea Barry forced a save in the 24th minute, and another sophomore, Caitlyn Kreutz, also added a first-half shot on frame in the 39th. Mustang senior Kendra Bonsall also had a header saved in the 42nd minute.

In the 65th minute, Demijohn again shot on target, but McCaskill batted the ball out of bounds, starting a series of chances for Cal Poly (6-8-1, 1-3-0). 

Following a corner kick by Demijohn, sophomore Kelly Kessloff also took a corner leading to a header by senior Nicole Wheeler that McCaskill deflected out (67'). CSUN, though, was then able to make the clearance off the ensuing Kessloff corner. McCaskill also later stepped in front of a 76th-minute shot by Barry.

Freshman Sophia Brown made nine saves, while Cal Poly had a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.

Of the Mustangs' eight losses, six have been by a one-goal margin.

Bonsall made her 57th career start, tying Carolyn Schifftner (1998-2001) for the 25th-most in school history.

Cal Poly will stay at home to host the Blue-Green Rivalry match against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Photos by Matt Aguirre