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Cal Poly Scores Twice in Final 16 Minutes for 2-1 Win at Oral Roberts

Cal Poly Scores Twice in Final 16 Minutes for 2-1 Win at Oral Roberts

TULSA, Okla. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team scored twice in the final 16 minutes against Oral Roberts on Sunday afternoon to pick up a 2-1 win at Case Soccer Complex.

The Mustangs had a 9-3 advantage in shots in the first half, during which three headers went wide and Sara Epps (in the 27th minute) and Allie Bégin (44') forced Helen Erb into saves.

Less than a minute after halftime, though, Megan Giles crossed in from the right side to Megan Guico, who set up Tahlor Lyman for a header to make it 1-0 for an ORU team a year removed from a school-record 15 wins.

Cal Poly kept testing the Golden Eagles, though, with Megan Abutin (51') and Sara Lancaster (73') also placing shots on target.

Then in the 74th minute, Bégin passed ahead to Elise Krieghoff, who scored on a breakaway by firing into the left side of the net from nearly 15 yards out.

About 11-and-a-half minutes later, Abutin sent in a corner kick that found Kendra Bonsall (who had just subbed back in moments earlier) for the 86th-minute game-winner near the left post.

Alyssa Giannetti made crucial saves in the 83rd and 88th minutes to see to it that Cal Poly's 17-9 shot-discrepancy margin translated to the win.

Of the Mustangs' seven games so far, all but two have ended with a 2-1 final.

It was the second time so far this season in which a particularly clutch goal when down 1-0 sparked the Mustangs to victory. Similarly, a 79th-minute equalizer (the sixth-latest in school history; Sunday's ranks No. 10 all-time) led to a 2-1 win over Lamar three weeks ago.

Along with Krieghoff, Abutin also had a three-point weekend, as both either scored or assisted in Friday's game at Oklahoma State, as well. Krieghoff's goal was the 35th of her career, now four back of tying for No. 2 in school history and 10 off matching the program record.

Cal Poly (3-4-0) will return home to host Fresno State in Alex G. Spanos Stadium at 5 p.m. Friday (part of a Week of Welcome doubleheader that will be bookended with the men's team's 8 p.m. game versus San Francisco).