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Cal Poly Closes Non-Conference Play With 2-1 OT Victory Over Seattle U

Cal Poly Closes Non-Conference Play With 2-1 OT Victory Over Seattle U

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Camille Lafaix tallied a late equalizer for Cal Poly on Sunday to force overtime against Seattle U, before Jordan Patane scored the golden goal four minutes into OT, giving the Mustang women's soccer team a 2-1 win to wrap up non-conference play with a sudden-death victory at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Although Cal Poly held a 7-1 advantage in overall shot attempts (plus a 3-1 edge in corners) through the first half, the game remained scoreless by intermission.

Seattle U, defending WAC Tournament champions, moved in front in the 56th minute, when Jessie Ray led Leahi Manthei into the box, where Manthei found herself in a 1-v-1 scenario with the keeper, dribbling up to only a couple yards away before tapping a right-footed shot inside the far post, just beyond the diving reach of Sophia Brown.

The Mustangs (3-7-1) tested the Redhawks (4-6-1) in the 68th minute with a shot on target by Brooke Rubinstein, but Madison Waguespack was in position for the save.

Cal Poly's best chance to that point came then in the 71st, when Lafaix headed off the crossbar, but the ball fell down just inches in front of the line, where Waguespack fell on the loose ball to hold onto the lead. Nikki Trucco also forced a save in the 78th, 10 minutes before the Mustangs broke through.

In the 88th minute, sophomore Clare Murphy lined up a free kick from just in front of the Mustang bench along the left flank, and launched a lob to the near post. Lafaix was in position for the header, redirecting the ball between a Redhawk centerback and Waguespack, before it bounced off the right post and backward into the netting. It was already the third goal this season for Lafaix, a freshman out of Archbishop Mitty HS and the San Jose Earthquakes Developmental Academy.

Almost two minutes into overtime, Manthei aimed for a game-ending brace, but Brown came up with the stop to play on.

Monserrat Hernandez Marquez then had a line on a potential game-winner shortly after (93'), but the ball sailed over the bar.

The pivotal sequence began just under four minutes into OT, as the Mustangs were passing the ball around the box looking to set up another look. A Seattle U defender was called for a handball inside the penalty area, leading to the PK. Patane proceeded to step to the spot and capitalize, beating the keeper to her left, ending the match.

Cal Poly, which improved to 2-1 at home in 2019, finished with a 15-5 edge in shots altogether for the day.

Meanwhile, Danielle Anderson and Kylie Rojas played complete-game 94-minute efforts to lead the defense.

The Mustangs begin Big West play at home, hosting defending regular-season & tournament champion Long Beach State on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

At the conference opener, free scarves will be handed out to the first 250 fans to Spanos Stadium.

Photos © Owen Main