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Cal Poly Picks Up Three Key Points in Big West With 2-0 Win Over Hawai'i

Cal Poly Picks Up Three Key Points in Big West With 2-0 Win Over Hawai'i

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Thanks to two goals during the opening 20 minutes, bolstered by a shutout, the Cal Poly women's soccer team earned a 2-0 win over Hawai'i on Sunday afternoon, picking up three key points in the Big West Conference standings.

In the 12th minute, Megan Abutin lofted a corner kick that found Gianna Rosati for a header a few yards out from the left post.

Seven minutes afterward, Sara Lancaster passed ahead to Elise Krieghoff, who separated from her marker on the right side of the 18-yard box to strike to the far post for the 2-0 advantage.

The Mustangs (2-2-0 Big West, 7-8-0 overall) nearly went up 3-0 in the 53rd minute, when Krieghoff hit the post. Abutin controlled the ensuing rebound and chipped so close that the ball settled into the top of the net.

Abutin nearly scored again once more in the 75th, ricocheting off the crossbar.

In all after the break, Cal Poly outshot UH (1-3-0, 6-8-0) by a margin of 12-2.

Neither of the two shots allowed in the second half were on target, though, as Allie Bégin, Emily Hansen, Nicole Wheeler, Robin Mertens, Rosati and Samantha Nerney combined to help Alyssa Giannetti (four saves) claim the 13th shutout of her career.

The goal by Krieghoff was her 43rd, two away from matching the all-time school record.

The assist moved Lancaster (15 goals and nine assists since 2011) into a tie for the 15th-most points (39) among all Mustangs. She also is now 13th in career outfield starts (63) in program history.

Cal Poly will now prep for a road trip, at UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Friday before heading to UC Riverside for a match at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Photo by Paul B. Brenneman