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Cal Poly Battles UC Davis to Scoreless Draw on Senior Day Finale

Cal Poly Battles UC Davis to Scoreless Draw on Senior Day Finale

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team played UC Davis to a scoreless draw on Sunday, closing the season with a Senior Day stalemate at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Two of the Mustangs' best chances on the rain-soaked afternoon came in the opening 10 minutes from one of the nine graduating players honored before the 2 p.m. kickoff. Kendra Bonsall tried a header in the sixth minute, and then returned with another shot on frame in the ninth, but Alexis Smith was there to secure a save each time.

Mustang sophomore Chelsea Barry also placed a shot on target in the 20th minute.

Perhaps the Mustangs' best look of the day came in the 71st minute, when Bonsall broke free on the left side of the box and nearly slotted an empty-net opportunity home, but the ball rolled just inches to the right of the far post.

Cal Poly (6-10-3, 1-5-2) also earned a corner kick in the 80th minute for sophomore Stephanie Magellan, but was whistled offside shortly thereafter.

Four minutes into the first overtime, freshman Jordan Patane had a close-range volley go high. Then with three minutes remaining to full time, senior Cassandra Fasi headed a Barry corner, but the Aggie back line was there for the deflection.
 
Sophia Brown made eight saves on the day, including four after regulation to chalk up the fourth shutout of her freshman season. She closed her debut with 92 saves.

In addition to Barry, junior Emily Hansen, senior Nicole Wheeler and Bonsall played all 110 minutes in the shutout. The result denied a Big West Conference Tournament bid for UC Davis (7-8-4, 3-3-2), which began the day with a chance of finishing in the top four in the regular-season standings.

Also among the graduating class are Colby Carson, Nicole Fetsch, Miki Foster, Breanna Rittmann (who performed the pregame national anthem by ukulele), Jordan Smith and Shannon Stabler.

Bonsall ended her career with 60 starts, tying former All-American Brooke Flamson (2000-02) for the 19th-most in school history. Wheeler wasn't far behind, with 49 starts since 2012.

Cal Poly will now turn its attention to the upcoming spring season (April through May), with the finalized six-match schedule to be announced after National Signing Day in early February.

Photos by Matt Aguirre Photography