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Ortiz Goal, Lafaix Brace Lead Cal Poly Soccer to 3-1 Win Over Idaho State

Ortiz Goal, Lafaix Brace Lead Cal Poly Soccer to 3-1 Win Over Idaho State

MISSOULA, Mont. — Olivia Ortiz tallied the go-ahead goal Sunday for the Cal Poly women's soccer team, and fellow freshman Camille Lafaix followed-up by adding a brace, leading the Mustangs to a 3-1 neutral-field win over Idaho State at Montana's South Campus Stadium.

Although Cal Poly controlled possession for much of the initial two-thirds of the game — finishing the day with a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks and a 19-5 margin in total shot attempts — play remained scoreless 22 minutes into the second half.

Then in the 68th minute, Lafaix played a ball upfield into the box for Ortiz, who proceeded to beat the keeper to put the Mustangs in front.

It was then Lafaix herself returning to do the damage in the 73rd, doubling the lead unassisted, before netting an insurance goal stemming from a corner kick, only two minutes & 13 seconds later (76') from another freshman, Madison Demijohn, to make it 3-0.

Lafaix's day marks the first game in which a Mustang has reached five 'points' in the NCAA statistic (one goal equals 2 'points'; an assist equals 1) since Oct. 4, 2015. (Future NWSL pro and USWNT U-23 camp invitee Elise Krieghoff set the school record for the NCAA-point category against a Division I opponent in 2014, with a five-goal performance vs. Fresno State equating to 10.)

The memorable afternoon for Lafaix also represents the first Cal Poly brace since Oct. 13, 2017, when Jessica Johnson scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Long Beach State.

Idaho State got on the board Sunday with just over a minute remaining to full time, when Makena Bambei, an All-Big Sky honorable mention last season, converted from Karlin Wurlitzer. The Bengals (1-6-1) had made the trip to Missoula coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Saint Mary's in Pocatello on Friday.

A trio of first-half Mustang shots on target Sunday came courtesy of sophomores Monserrat Hernandez Marquez (6') and Megan Hansen (18' & 43'). ISU's Katie Hogarth also stepped in front of later attempts placed on frame by Jordan Patane (65') and Sydney Spina (83').

Ava Dorvillier made the start in goal for Cal Poly (2-5-1), her second this fall. The sophomore from San Diego came up with saves in the 16th and 26th minutes, denying Natasha Camacho-Bier and Michaela Didericksen. Jenna Parkhurst also took aim in the 68th minute, but the Mustang back line blocked her shot.

Mustang junior defender Danielle Anderson put forth a 90-minute, complete-match effort in the almost-shutout (next to sophomore Sophia Mendoza playing 86), while Cal Poly utilized all 10 of its field substitutes between 5 and 45 minutes each.

Up next, Cal Poly returns home to host Washington at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Thursday at 5 p.m.

As part of Week of Welcome around campus, the Sept. 19 match against the Huskies (3-2-2) starts a soccer doubleheader at Spanos, as the Mustang men's team will later take on Westmont at 7:30 that evening. The first 200 students will receive free T-shirts.

Photo Courtesy © Juventino Ortiz