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Johnson Equalizer Helps Cal Poly Draw at Seattle U, 1-1

Johnson Equalizer Helps Cal Poly Draw at Seattle U, 1-1

SEATTLE — Cal Poly's Jessica Johnson tallied an 87th-minute equalizer on Sunday afternoon, helping the Mustang women's soccer team play Seattle U to a 1-1 draw at the Redhawks' Championship Field.

Despite 11 combined first-half shots between the two schools, the match remained scoreless at the break, with Cal Poly's Sophia Brown and Seattle's Ariana Romero both denying three attempts apiece prior to intermission.

Ava McCray shot on frame in the 32nd minute, before Michaela Olney (coming off a goal at Gonzaga on Friday) also tested Romero in the 41st, followed by Brooke Rubinstein forcing a save with less than a minute remaining to the break.

Seattle (2-2-2) took the lead eight-and-a-half minutes into the second half, when Leahi Manthei ran onto a deflected ball from teammate Laura Hooper before slotting it inside the far post.

Cal Poly pulled level with just over three minutes remaining to regulation full time, as Johnson converted in traffic off a corner kick.

It was the eighth career goal for Johnson, a junior from Lakewood, Calif. who came into the weekend leading the Big West in shots placed on goal so far this fall.

Second-half Mustang shots placed on target also came via Senna Brennan (59') as well as Mackenzie George (65').

In the initial overtime, each side shot twice, before the Mustangs attempted four shots to Seattle's one in the second OT — including McCray (103') and Johnson (108') calling Redhawk backup keeper Mackenzie Curry into making late saves in order to preserve the tie.

Cal Poly (0-4-3) finished with an 18-15 advantage in total shots for the day, in addition to a 7-2 edge in corners.

Brown stopped Manthei's bid for a brace in the 71st minute, before sending her back once more on 97'.

Up next, Cal Poly will continue its five-game road stretch Thursday at top-ranked Stanford, nearly a unanimous No. 1 (garnering 33 of 35 first-place votes in the latest coaches poll). Kickoff against the Cardinal (6-0-0), defending national champions, is set for 7 p.m. in Cagan Stadium.

Photo Courtesy of Dale Garvey