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CSUN Women's Soccer Breaks 1-1, 2-2 Ties to Edge Cal Poly for 3-2 Win

CSUN Women's Soccer Breaks 1-1, 2-2 Ties to Edge Cal Poly for 3-2 Win

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits on Sunday at CSUN to even the game both times, but the Matadors scored once more in the second half and held on to edge the Mustangs, 3-2 in the San Fernando Valley.

Sophomore Megan Demijohn took Cal Poly's first shot on goal of the afternoon in the 17th minute, forcing a save from Jovani McCaskill with a straightaway blast from the top of the box.

Off a cross from Ashley Kirchick to the center of the box, fellow junior Sydney Knauer also placed a shot on frame in the 30th minute.

CSUN — the defending Big West Conference regular-season champions — took the lead 37 minutes in, when Avery DeWitt scored with a free kick from almost 25 yards away, into the left side.

The Mustangs tallied their first goal 38 seconds before halftime. Knauer passed ahead to senior Megan Abutin, who broke away from midfield for an equalizer slotted to the right.

In the 63rd minute, Christina Nixon crossed to Cynthia Sanchez, who finished near the right post for the 2-1 lead.

Cal Poly would level the match again, however, in the 70th minute, as junior Chelsea Barry sent a free kick from 30 yards to freshman Danielle Anderson for a header to make it 2-2.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sophia Brown made saves in the 11th, 41st, 48th, 54th and 66th minutes as Cal Poly battled back. The Matadors (5-4-5, 1-1-1 Big West) regained the lead for good, though, in the 73rd, when Sylvia Trinh converted a tap from Lindsay Kutscher in front of the left post following a deep throw-in by Destinney Duron.

Cal Poly earned a corner kick with just over a half-minute left to full time, leading to a shot by junior Stephanie Magellan, but the CSUN back line came up with the deflection and ultimately the clearance to hang on.

Abutin's goal (her fifth of the season) was the 19th of her career, moving past Amy Earle (1993-97) for sole possession of No. 8 in school history.

Fellow senior midfielder Emily Hansen played all 90 minutes in her 68th start (moving into a tie for seventh all-time at Cal Poly).

All but one of the Mustangs' (5-9-1, 0-4-0) losses this season have been by a one-goal margin. Cal Poly will return home to continue conference play vs. Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Friday, before hosting Senior Night vs. Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.