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Cal Poly Draws UC Santa Barbara in Blue-Green Rivalry Match, 1-1

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara each earned a point in the Big West Conference women's soccer standings Thursday night, playing to a 1-1 draw in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The Mustangs struck first in the Blue-Green Rivalry clash, as sophomore Chelsea Barry blasted a free kick from 35 yards into the left corner over the extended reach of diving Gaucho goalkeeper Brittney Rogers in the 82nd minute.

Barry, who also had an assist on a free kick earlier this year in a 1-1 tie (vs. Portland on Sept. 4), played all 110 minutes Thursday. The defender from Danville has been on the pitch for all but nine minutes for the duration of the season.

UCSB (10-2-2, 1-1-1 for four points with five games left) equalized five minutes later via a penalty kick, which junior forward Amanda Ball converted to the right side for her 10th goal of the season.

Freshman Jordan Patane took Cal Poly's first shot of the evening, aiming high in the 11th minute. Rogers also stepped in front of a 39th-minute attempt from sophomore Sydney Knauer to keep the game scoreless going to halftime. 

Cal Poly (6-8-2, 1-3-1 for four points) nearly tallied a regulation game-winner on a header by senior Nicole Wheeler only 42 seconds from full time, but Rogers snared the ball out of the air to force overtime.

Barry had two more free-kick opportunities in OT, shooting over the crossbar in the 100th minute and then wide in the 103rd. Other Mustang chances after the break were created for Knauer (wide in the 52nd minute) and senior Jordan Smith (blocked in the 80th).

Freshman Sophia Brown finished with six saves for Cal Poly, including three in the final 13 minutes to secure the draw.

Cal Poly will play next weekend on the road, visiting UC Irvine for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Oct. 21 and then UC Riverside at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Photos by Matt Aguirre Photography