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Cal Poly, Marquette Battle to Scoreless Draw to Open Season

Cal Poly, Marquette Battle to Scoreless Draw to Open Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ─ Cal Poly and Marquette battled to a double-overtime scoreless draw on Thursday night to open the collegiate women's soccer season, tying after 110 minutes featuring 32 total shots between the two schools in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The Mustangs held a 17-15 advantage in overall shots for the evening, as well as a slim 5-4 edge in corner kicks in the close match against the Golden Eagles.

All three of Cal Poly freshman Ava McCray's shots were placed on goal, as the three-time CIF Sac-Joaquin Section champion from Davis High School forced saves by Marquette keeper Maddy Henry in the 29th, 40th and 58th minutes.

Mustang junior Jessica Johnson also almost tallied at two moments, as she aimed on goal in the 33rd minute before dispossessing Henry on a challenge in the 54th, shooting just wide of the near post, into the right side of the net.

Brooke Rubinstein, a freshman high school teammate of McCray in Davis, also shot on goal (51') after the break.

Cal Poly junior goalkeeper Sophia Brown finished with three saves while earning the seventh individual shutout of her career (eight including a shared clean sheet).

Brown stopped Marquette attempts in the 21st, 23rd & 68th minutes (the last of which saw her dive all-out to her left to keep the game level).

Mustang senior center back Chelsea Barry played 110 minutes in a complete-game effort, while attacking freshman Monserrat Hernandez Marquez (who took three shots in her debut) played 100'.

Up next, Cal Poly will travel to L.A. to visit No. 12-ranked USC at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, before returning to Spanos Stadium to host Boise State at 12 noon Sunday, Aug. 26.

The upcoming home matchup against Boise State is a Youth Day at Spanos, as are all Sunday home games this year (free for kids 13-and-under).