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Cal Poly Battles UC Riverside to Scoreless Draw

Cal Poly Battles UC Riverside to Scoreless Draw

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team moved to 4 points in the Big West Conference standings on Friday night, preventing unbeaten UC Riverside from a home win for the first time in 2018 as the two schools played to a double-overtime scoreless draw.

Mustang junior goalkeeper Sophia Brown made 13 saves in the tie, equaling the third-highest single-match performance in school history. Brown's effort in UCR Soccer Stadium was her second shutout in three games.

Included in her performance were six saves against leading scorer Madeline Feist, whom she sent back in the 32nd, 49th, 67th, 72nd and 82nd minutes before denying her from tallying her would-be eighth goal of the year one last time, 40 seconds from the conclusion of the second OT, to preserve the point.

UC Riverside (10-0-2 overall, 1-0-1 Big West) began the week only four spots back of being nationally ranked, receiving 31 votes in the latest coaches Top 25 poll. The Highlanders came into the game 8-0-0 at home for the season.

Sophomore Georgina Stiegeler accounted for the first shot of the evening for Cal Poly (1-9-4, 1-1-1), aiming wide of the left post 13 minutes in.

Later on, Mustang sophomore Grace Park placed her 30th-minute attempt on target, but Highlander keeper Annie Bailey came up with the save. Park would also find an opportunity six minutes before halftime, but her shot sailed wide to the right. Also prior to intermission (40'), Mustang freshman Mackenzie George shot over the bar.

Then in the second half, Ashley Kirchick tested Bailey with a 62nd-minute look, but Bailey was in position for another save. George and then Senna Brennan also had attempts blocked by the UCR back line in the 77th & 78th minutes. Jordan Patane tried to break through three minutes from the end of regulation, but Bailey — who entered the match with a 0.26 GAA on the year — stepped in front again.

Nearly four minutes into the initial overtime, Bailey saved a shot by Mustang freshman Emily Talmi, and Brennan almost tallied a golden goal in the 95th, ricocheting off the crossbar.

Cal Poly, which started the day in a three-way tie for fourth place, created one more chance in the latter extra period, but Bailey saved a Stiegeler shot in the 105th minute, en route to her seventh shutout of 2018.

Cal Poly travels to face defending regular-season Big West champion UC Irvine (6-5-1, 2-0-0) next, kicking off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Photo © Owen Main