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UC Irvine Rallies to Edge Cal Poly 2-1 With Second-Half Goals

UC Irvine Rallies to Edge Cal Poly 2-1 With Second-Half Goals

IRVINE, Calif. — Emily Hansen scored to give the Cal Poly women's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the first half Friday night, but UC Irvine — despite being outshot by the Mustangs 12-10 — used a pair of second-half goals within three minutes of each other to pick up a 2-1 home win.

Hansen established the lead in the 31st minute by putting away a rebound of a shot from freshman teammate Jessica Johnson. It was the third career goal for the junior midfielder.

The Anteaters (11-5-1, 3-1-1 Big West Conference) equalized in the 53rd minute when Grayson Galbraith headed in a corner kick from Reema Bzeih.

Cal Poly (6-9-2, 1-4-1) came back to earn a corner in the 54th minute, but UCI was able to come up with the clearance. The Anteaters then countered as Reema angled a cross to Lili Andino, who flicked to Noel Baham for the go-ahead opportunity slotted inside the left post.

The Mustangs took the first corner kick of the evening two minutes in, leading to back-to-back shots from sophomores Kelly Kessloff (blocked) and Chelsea Barry (saved by Maddie Newsom).

McKenzie Flood also placed a shot on frame in the 43rd minute. Other first-half chances for Cal Poly came from sophomore Caitlyn Kreutz (wide on 5') and junior Gianna Rosati (a header that sailed to the left of the goal on 25').

Sophomore Stephanie Magellan volleyed a rebound of her own shot over the crossbar in the 51st minute before Flood forced another Newsom save in the 57th while nearly bringing the Mustangs level.

Cal Poly freshman goalkeeper Sophia Brown stopped another Galbraith try in the 28th minute, and also turned away Jessica Miclat in the 48th before making a third save on Shelby Lee in the 69th minute.

Barry — coming off TopDrawerSoccer National Collegiate Goal of the Week honors — shot wide-right in the 87th minute, and a Rosati attempt in the 89th went left of goal.

Of Cal Poly's losses, all but two have been by a one-goal difference. The Mustangs will continue conference play on the road at UC Riverside at 1 p.m. Sunday.