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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer program announced its 2018 schedule on Friday, featuring 11 home matches highlighting a 21-game slate.
The Mustangs will host their annual Green vs. Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 before hosting Westmont for a preseason exhibition in Alex G. Spanos Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The regular season begins Thursday, Aug. 16 with the home opener against Marquette, a 2017 Big East Tournament semifinalist, at 7 p.m.
Cal Poly returns 21 letterwinners from last year, joined by two returning redshirts and an incoming recruiting class of 12 freshmen.
Among the returning players, senior-to-be defender Chelsea Barry earned All-West Region third-team honors in 2017, playing 1,786 of a possible 1,795 minutes while anchoring the back line to five shutouts. Barry, who also added one goal and four assists as a junior, enters 2018 five starts away (54) from moving into the top 25 in school history, as well as one assist back of No. 15 all-time at Cal Poly (currently with nine).
Georgina Stiegeler also returns after earning All-Big West Freshman Team accolades as a redshirt forward in 2017. Stiegeler scored three goals and had an assist last year.
Following an Aug. 24 road match at USC, which last year advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Cal Poly returns to San Luis Obispo for a three-game homestand, vs. Boise State (Sunday, Aug. 26 at 12 noon), defending Mountain West regular-season champion San Jose State (Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.) and defending WAC Tournament champs Utah Valley (Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.).
A five-game stretch of road dates follows, first traveling to face Gonzaga and Seattle on Sept. 7 & 9, then heading to Stanford for Sept. 13, back to the Pacific Northwest to visit Washington State on Sept. 16, and then taking on Santa Clara (WCC runner-ups in 2017) Sept. 21. Stanford won the national title a year ago, topping UCLA 3-2 in the NCAA final to cap a 24-1 season including an unbeaten Pac-12 crown. Additionally, Washington State and Santa Clara both also advanced to the Sweet 16 last year.
The non-conference portion of the schedule will conclude with one more home game, hosting Cal Baptist on Sunday, Sept. 23, part of Week of Welcome around campus, at 1 p.m.
Big West action commences Friday, Sept. 28 in Spanos Stadium against CSUN at 7 p.m., and stays at home vs. UC Davis at 12 noon Sunday, Sept. 30. The Mustangs, led by 27th-year head coach Alex Crozier (285-178-53; 102-54-21 Big West), contest their ensuing three matchups on the road: at UC Riverside on Oct. 5, UC Irvine Oct. 7 and Long Beach State Oct. 11.
Cal Poly, which closed last season with two wins and two draws over the final month, finishing 7-9-3 overall (2-4-2 in conference), will host Hawai'i at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 (starting Mustang Family Weekend at Spanos Stadium), visit Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 21, and welcome UC Santa Barbara for a Blue-Green Rivalry regular-season finale at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
The top four schools in the conference's regular-season standings qualify for the Big West Tournament, hosted by UC Irvine on Nov. 1 (semifinals) and Nov. 4 (the championship match).
Jessica Johnson and Megan Demijohn, both forwards entering their junior years, are also back up top after scoring four and three goals apiece as sophomores. All of Demijohn's scores last season were game-winning goals, ranking No. 2 throughout the Big West.
Sophia Brown is back at goalkeeper, beginning her junior season having made 34 starts while ranking No. 8 all-time for the Mustangs in both save percentage (.769) and career saves (163).
Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang, Cal Poly's student fan group, features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.
Tickets are available at Tickets.CalPoly.edu, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Cal Poly Women's Soccer Program Announces Schedule for 2018 Season
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