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No. 12 Cal Overcomes Halftime Deficit to Edge Mustangs Late, 2-1

No. 12 Cal Overcomes Halftime Deficit to Edge Mustangs Late, 2-1

BERKELEY, Calif. — The No. 12-ranked Cal women's soccer team survived a scare from Cal Poly on Sunday evening, staying unbeaten by rallying from a halftime deficit for a 2-1 outcome at Goldman Field.

The result produced by the Mustang defense (primarily Allie Bégin, Tracy Hong, Emily Hansen, Robin Mertens and Gianna Rosati, anchored by Alyssa Giannetti) matched an earlier-season performance by No. 16 Santa Clara for the fewest goals allowed to a Golden Bear team off to an historic start through the first three weeks.

Elise Krieghoff had a 31st-minute shot sail high, and Sara Epps also got off a shot nine minutes later, but Cal Poly's best first-half chance opened up between those opportunities, in the 37th.

With the goalkeeper lured out, a Cal attempt at a clearance went awry, turning into an own goal.

The Mustangs maintained their first-half clean sheet thanks in large part to a sequence just before the break, when Cal Poly blocked a 43rd-minute foray, leading to a corner kick. Then with less than 50 seconds to go until intermission, Giannetti (pictured at right) made back-to-back saves.

Shots were even at two apiece through the initial 14 minutes of the second half.

The equalizer came in the 60th minute, when Taylor Comeau converted a penalty inside the left post.

Three minutes afterward, with the matchup taking place on more level footing, Comeau had a shot stopped by Giannetti (one of five saves the junior made on the day).

The Golden Bears netted the game-winner with less than six minutes remaining, though, when Comeau passed to her left, finding Kelly Fitzgerald for a straightahead tap-in.

Cal Poly (2-3-0) took two last shots between the 85th and 86th minutes. The latter of which (fired by Katarina Drake) was saved by Emily Boyd, helping Cal move to 6-0-0 for the second time since 1988.

It was the second consecutive one-goal margin between the two teams when playing in the Bay Area, as Cal Poly left with a 1-0 overtime win in 2009.

The Mustangs' season-long four-game road stretch will continue next week at Oklahoma State (at 5 p.m. PDT Friday) and Oral Roberts (10 a.m. PDT Sunday).