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Cal Poly Women's Soccer Announces 2019 Schedule

Cal Poly Women's Soccer Announces 2019 Schedule


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer program announced its 2019 schedule on Monday, featuring seven home matches highlighting a 19-game slate.

Leading up to the regular season, the Mustangs will start with a trio of exhibitions. The first preseason date will be against Westmont in Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., prior to visiting Fresno State on Aug. 11, and then hosting the annual Green vs. White intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

For the season opener, Cal Poly travels to the Bay Area to take on San Jose State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, before heading north to face Sacramento State three days later.

Cal Poly then visits the Beehive State for the first time in seven years, first at Utah Valley in Orem on Aug. 30 and then up to Salt Lake City to take on Utah on Sept. 1. The Utes are led by outside back Hailey Stodden, a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection in 2018, as well as senior-to-be Carly Nelson, twice named the conference's Goalkeeper of the Week last season.

The Mustangs host their home opener against Pepperdine on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The Waves, with only one loss in West Coast Conference play a year ago (6-1-2; 11-6-2 overall), feature the 2018 WCC Freshman of the Year in defender Isabel Nelson. 

Cal Poly faces another WCC foe on Sept. 8, visiting San Diego. Road play continues next in Big Sky Country, as Cal Poly plays at Montana Sept. 13. The Mustangs stay in Missoula through the weekend, playing Idaho State two days afterward in a neutral-site matchup hosted by the Griz.

Cal Poly will return home on Thursday, Sept. 19, with Washington taking the Spanos Stadium pitch for a 5 p.m. kickoff, part of Week of Welcome around campus. The Husky attack is led by 2018 Pac-12 All-Freshman pick Summer Yates, who had three goals and two assists last year.

After traveling to Riverside to face California Baptist Sept. 22, the Mustangs, led by 28th-year head coach Alex Crozier (287-190-58; 104-58-23 Big West), wrap up non-conference action back at home, hosting defending WAC Tournament champion Seattle U on Sept. 29.

The Mustangs begin Big West play at home, hosting defending conference champion Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. LBSU achieved the double in 2018, winning both the regular-season and Big West Tournament titles.

Four straight road matchups follow in October: at CSUN on the 10th, UC Davis on the 13th, to UC Santa Barbara for the Blue-Green Rivalry on the 20th and Hawai'i on the 24th.

Cal Poly, which last year finished tied for sixth in the conference standings with 8 points at 2-4-2 in league (2-12-5 overall), then hosts three consecutive home games, as Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 27, part of Mustang Family Weekend in San Luis Obispo), UC Irvine (Nov. 1) and UC Riverside (Nov. 3) come to Spanos Stadium.

The top four schools in the regular-season table — which awards 3 points per victory and 1 per draw — will qualify for the Big West Tournament, with the conference semifinals scheduled for Nov. 7 and the championship game Nov. 10 on the WatchESPN platform.

The Mustang attack returns a duo of former All-Big West Freshman selections in senior Jessica Johnson (eight career goals) and junior Georgina Stiegeler (four goals & two assists since 2017), while Megan Demijohn (three goals as a sophomore prior to redshirting 2018) also looks to factor prominently into the offense.

In goal, senior Sophia Brown heads into 2019 ranking No. 4 in program history with 53 career starts, including 10 shutouts. She leads 21 returning letterwinners joined by an incoming recruiting class of 12 newcomers.

Mustang tickets are available at &, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cal Poly, 144-67-21 (.665) all-time at home, ranked No. 37 out of 335 Division I schools in 2018 average attendance (780). Further promotions, giveaways and community events in Spanos Stadium will be announced at a later date.

Photos © Owen Main / Nathan Nybakke