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Cal Poly Rallies Late for 2-1 Win Over Lamar in Home Opener

Cal Poly Rallies Late for 2-1 Win Over Lamar in Home Opener

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A 12-2 second-half advantage in shots paid dividends for the Cal Poly women's soccer team on Sunday afternoon, as the Mustangs came from behind for a 2-1 win over Lamar in their home opener at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The Lady Cardinals took the lead in the 57th minute, when Kimmy Albeno controlled an overhead volley from Jannet Hernandez and shot to the upper-left corner from in close.

Cal Poly (1-1-0) kept testing the Lamar back line, though, and in the 79th minute, Allie Bégin passed to McKenzie Flood, whose shot was blocked.

On the rebound, Kendra Bonsall (pictured at right) came in to fire inside the left post to level the score. It was the sixth-latest time for an equalizer in school history.

Then just four minutes afterward, Megan Abutin set up Elise Krieghoff on the left side of the box. Krieghoff, the nation's leading scorer (per match) in 2013 with 21 goals, tallied her first of 2014 by aiming inside the far post.

The go-ahead strike was actually almost the junior's second goal of the day, as she had been taken down within the penalty area in the 58th minute. On the ensuing PK, Bailey Fontenot guessed correctly, making a diving deflection to her left.

Additionally, three minutes before that sequence, Robin Mertens placed a pass so that Krieghoff had only the goalkeeper to beat, but Fontenot (a senior who claimed a 1-0 shutout over San Jose State on Friday) ran up to grab the save in the nick of time.

The Mustangs also lined up six corner kicks after the break, compared to none for Lamar. The action was more even in the first half, during which both teams got off four shots and had three corners each.

Alyssa Giannetti saved shots in the 17th and 29th minutes for Cal Poly.

In preventing the draw, Krieghoff also broke a tie for the third-most career goals in Cal Poly history, as her 33rd surpassed the 32 netted by Wendy Jones from 1992-95, and leaves her now 12 back of the 45 by Kolleen Kassis (also 1992-95) and six behind Gina Oceguera (1995-99).

Also of note, it was the second time in as many games that Bégin came forward to contribute in the attack, as she put away a header at Pepperdine on Friday.

Cal Poly will stay at home to take on Florida Atlantic in another Sunday game at noon Aug. 31.