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Cal Poly to Host Preseason Intrasquad Scrimmage, Westmont Exhibition

Cal Poly to Host Preseason Intrasquad Scrimmage, Westmont Exhibition

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Leading up to its season opener against Marquette, the Cal Poly women's soccer team will host two preseason matches this week at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

First, the Mustangs will hold their annual Green vs. Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, before facing Westmont in a 7 p.m. exhibition Wednesday, Aug. 8. Admission is free across the board to both preseason events, each of which will feature standard 45-minute halves.

Cal Poly, which returns 20 letterwinners joined by two returning redshirts and an incoming recruiting class of 12 freshmen, starts the regular season hosting Marquette, a 2017 Big East Tournament semifinalist, also at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16.

Among the returning Mustangs, senior defender Chelsea Barry earned All-West Region third-team honors in 2017, playing 1,786 of a possible 1,795 minutes while anchoring the back line to five shutouts. Barry, who also added one goal and four assists as a junior, enters 2018 five starts away (54) from moving into the top 25 in school history, as well as one assist back of No. 15 all-time at Cal Poly (currently with nine).

Georgina Stiegeler also returns after earning All-Big West Freshman Team accolades as a redshirt forward in 2017. Stiegeler scored three goals and had an assist last year.

The Mustangs, who reported to campus July 30, played 14 games decided by a one-goal differential a year ago (including 12 in a row at one point), finishing 7-9-3 overall; 2-4-2 in conference.

Jessica Johnson and Megan Demijohn, both junior forwards, are also back up top after scoring four and three goals apiece as sophomores. All of Demijohn's scores last season were game-winning goals, ranking No. 2 throughout the Big West.

Sophia Brown is back at goalkeeper, beginning her junior season having made 34 starts while ranking No. 8 all-time for the Mustangs in both save percentage (.769) and career saves (163).

The top four schools in the conference's regular-season standings qualify for the Big West Tournament, scheduled for Nov. 1 (semifinals) and Nov. 4 (the championship match). The Big West table awards 3 points per win and 1 per draw.

Big West action commences Friday, Sept. 28 in Spanos Stadium against CSUN. Defending regular-season champion UC Irvine will host the tournament provided the Anteaters make the four-team field. If, however, UCI doesn't qualify, hosting rights would then go to this year's No. 1 seed, a new format for 2018.

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Links to follow Mustang games live throughout the season can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

For the general public, tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

All Sunday games this season at Spanos Stadium are Youth Days, with free admission for kids 13 and under. This fall's Youth Days are vs. Boise State (Aug. 26 at 12 noon), defending WAC Tournament champs Utah Valley (Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.), Cal Baptist (Sept. 23, part of Week of Welcome around campus, at 1 p.m.), UC Davis (Sept. 30 at 12 noon) and UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 28 for a 2 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Senior Day).

Families are also encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($10 per child 8th grade or under), as over $300 in benefits include ongoing free admission to all 2018-19 regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events; opportunities to be an honorary captain at Mustang home games; a birthday card from Musty; free gelato at SLO Sweets every month (along with birthday scavenger hunts) and a T-Shirt. The season opener vs. Marquette is Mustang Kids Club Night, as members receive a gift at the game.

Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang, Cal Poly's student fan group, features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Adidas, Amazon, SLO Sweets, Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! Burger, Splash Café and Frank's Famous Hot Dogs, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.

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