SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – For the second game in a row, the Cal Poly women's soccer team played to a draw with a team ranked in the top 15, earning a 1-1 result against No. 6 BYU on Thursday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Mustangs (4-2-4) were coming off a scoreless deadlock with No. 13 Cal on Sunday.
BYU (7-1-1) asserted itself in the opening minutes, with Bizzy Phillips forcing Alyssa Giannetti into a second-minute save before Ashley Hatch fired off the post in the fourth minute. (The Cougars also had a shot by Paige Hunt carom off the crossbar on 43'.)
In the fifth minute, though, Cal Poly took the advantage – just the second goal conceded by the Cougars all fall (with the other coming from Stanford).
Mustang sophomore McKenzie Flood drove the ball upfield, ultimately for junior Megan Abutin, who passed ahead to senior Elise Krieghoff. Krieghoff then struck from the left side of the penalty area by aiming inside the far post for the 48th tally of her career (one of the five highest totals in the country among all active Division I players).
The assist was the 18th for Abutin since 2013, the fourth-most throughout school history.
But the Cougars equalized in the 20th minute, when Hatch crossed in to Elena Medeiros, who put away a shot into the upper-right corner from close range.
Krieghoff also placed shots on goal in the 10th, 30th and 98th minutes.
Other significant Cal Poly chances were created in the 26th (when Allie Begin intended a cross for Krieghoff but BYU's Rachel Boaz snared it mid-air), 28th (when sophomore midfielder Katarina Drake and Krieghoff strung together back-to-back headers to set up Abutin not far away, only to have Boaz seize possession just in time again) and 54th (when Abutin hit the crossbar and then headed the rebound into a save).
Giannetti also saved a shot by Hatch in the 76th minute and another Medeiros try in the 108th.
Cal Poly will finish non-conference play by visiting Pepperdine (5-3-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.