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Abutin Brace, Eight Saves by Giannetti Lead Cal Poly to 3-1 Win Over USF

Abutin Brace, Eight Saves by Giannetti Lead Cal Poly to 3-1 Win Over USF

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team went up 2-0 early in the second half against San Francisco on Sunday afternoon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium before holding on to finish non-conference play with a 3-1 win.

With the victory, the Mustangs moved to 13-3-1 over their past 17 home games.

The first goal came in the 24th minute when Katarina Drake found Elise Krieghoff inside the penalty area. After making a turn to her left, Krieghoff fired into the upper-right corner, over the reach of USWNT U-20 camp invitee Madalyn Schiffel, for her 10th goal of the season and 42nd of her career (the most among all juniors nationwide and now three back of equaling the all-time school record).

After USF took the first four shots of the game, Cal Poly asserted itself, outshooting the Dons 7-3 until the break. (Included in that stretch was a 23rd-minute attempt by Sara Lancaster that went off the crossbar.)

The trend continued after the teams came back to the field, paying off in the 49th minute when Megan Abutin put away a close-range shot on a pass ahead from Emily Hansen.

The insurance goal came in the 89th after Lydia Anderson set up Abutin on the left side from about eight yards out. It was the second multi-goal game of the sophomore's career.

Abutin, who began the weekend third in the Big West Conference in points, now has 14 on the year (from five goals coupled with four assists).

USF (4-5-2) avoided the shutout with less than 15 seconds to play when Rochelle Weerackoon crossed in from the right side to Amanda Whittle at the goalmouth.

Alyssa Giannetti made a season-high eight saves for Cal Poly (5-6-0), including two particularly impressive crowd-pleasing efforts during the first-half clean sheet.

The junior's career total now stands at 254 saves, 53 behind the program-record 307 by Kristina Grigaitis from 1993-96.

Hansen, Tracy Hong, Gianna Rosati and Nicole Wheeler largely produced the near-shutout.

Krieghoff finished with six shots on goal; Allie Bégin, Kendra Bonsall and Drake also placed shots on target.

The Mustangs will open defense of their 2013 conference title by visiting Long Beach State for a game at 6 p.m. Friday before returning home to host CSUN at noon Sunday.