Cal Poly to Finish Season-Opening Road Stretch at San Jose State

Cal Poly to Finish Season-Opening Road Stretch at San Jose State


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team will complete its longest season-opening road stretch in 20 years on Friday, when the Mustangs visit San Jose State.

Kickoff at Spartan Soccer Field is set for 2 p.m. Cal Poly (2-3-1) and SJSU (1-4-0) last met in 2015, with the Mustangs winning 2-1 in San Luis Obispo. Links to follow video and live stats of the match can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

Cal Poly, which last began a season with seven consecutive road games in 1997, is coming off a split at the Boise State Tournament, topping the host Broncos 1-0 on Sept. 1 and being edged 2-1 by Oregon on Sept. 3.

Jessica Johnson, an All-Big West Conference Freshman Team honoree a year ago, scored each of the Mustangs' goals in Idaho, in the 15th minute vs. Boise State and the 44th against the Ducks.

The Mustangs will return to Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. (during Week of Welcome) to host Sacramento State.

ABUTIN CLIMBS IN RECORD BOOK: Cal Poly senior Megan Abutin — selected to the Preseason All-Big West Conference Team on Aug. 10 and the Hoosier Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team on Aug. 20 — continues to rise in the Cal Poly record book.

Abutin, a fifth-year student-athlete granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA after a season-ending injury in the 2016 opener at Cal, scored her 16th and 17th career goals vs. San Francisco on Aug. 27, moving into a tie for ninth in school history.

Additionally, her 21 career assists — No. 2 in program history (three back of tying Kolleen Kassis' school record set from 1992-95) — rank No. 13 nationally among all Division I players.

In the NCAA's points statistic (2 per goal; 1 per assist), Abutin brought her combined total to 55 — No. 8 all-time at Cal Poly in the category. Her seven points are tied for No. 2 in the Big West Conference.

BARRY, HANSEN ALSO LEAD 18 LETTERWINNERS JOINED BY 12 NEWCOMERS: Cal Poly, led by 26th-year head coach Alex Crozier (280-172-51 overall, 100-50-19 Big West), returned eight starters among 18 letterwinners, joined by 12 newcomers (eight freshmen, three transfers and one redshirt).

In addition to Abutin (a third-team NSCAA All-West Region honoree in 2014), the group of returners is led by junior defender Chelsea Barry, a 2016 all-conference second-team selection, and Hansen, a 2014 All-Big West Freshman Team member with a team-high 59 career starts (21st-most in program history).

Barry tallied the game-winning goal in Bakersfield on Aug. 23, and has played a team-high 515 minutes this year. Last season, she won the TopDrawerSoccer National Goal of the Week accolade on Oct. 19, distributed three assists, and anchored the back line to four shutouts and a 1.3 GAA.

BROWN RECORDS SIXTH CAREER SHUTOUT: The win over Boise State amounted to the sixth shutout of sophomore goalkeeper Sophia Brown's career. Brown, who played every minute during a freshman season that included a Big West Defensive Player of the Week award, ranks ninth all-time at Cal Poly with 124 saves.

BIG WEST TOURNAMENT SLATED FOR NORTHRIDGE: This year's Big West Tournament will be held at CSUN, the 2016 regular-season conference champion.

The top four teams in the regular-season standings qualify for the semifinals (broadcast on ESPN3/WatchESPN) scheduled for Nov. 2, with the championship game (televised by FOX Sports PT) on Nov. 5.