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Early Strike by Bugsch, 10 Saves by Brown Lead Cal Poly to Draw at UH

Early Strike by Bugsch, 10 Saves by Brown Lead Cal Poly to Draw at UH

WAIPAHU, Hawai'i — Led by a 10-save performance from senior goalkeeper Sophia Brown following an early goal from redshirt sophomore Sidra Bugsch, the Cal Poly women's soccer team earned a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Hawai'i late Thursday night at Waipi'o Peninsula Stadium.

Cal Poly took less than seven minutes to score in O'ahu, using the very first shot of the evening to move in front.

The go-ahead sequence started for the Mustangs when Kylie Rojas passed down the right flank to Brooke Rubinstein, who ran onto the ball about 10 yards up from the end line, took a few touches and then passed into the middle of the box for Bugsch. On one touch, Bugsch beat the keeper to the left with a right-footed strike into the back of the net for her second goal of the season. It was the third straight game with an assist for Rubinstein, and her fourth of the year.

With the tie, Cal Poly moves to 5 points in the Big West standings (via 1-2-2; 4-9-3 overall), in seventh place, but only 3 points back of fourth (representing the final conference tournament bid) heading into the final three games of the season — all of which will be at home for the Mustangs.

Eliza Ammendolia attempted to equalize for the third-place Rainbow Wahine (11 points; 3-0-2; 5-6-3) in the 19th minute, but Brown stepped in front to nullify the threat. Later on prior to the break (42'), Brown also came up with a stop versus Kiri Dale. The Mustangs had two more shots placed on target before intermision thanks to Monserrat Hernandez Marquez (33') and Olivia Ortiz (36'), but UH's Alexis Mata came up with saves to keep her squad within a one-goal deficit.

Brown continued to keep Hawai'i off the board into the second half, denying Kayla Watanabe with a 51st-minute save, before sending back Kelci Sumida (62') and Natalie Daub (64'). Cal Poly's best chance of the second half came in the 81st, as Camille Lafaix found separation for a shot on goal, but Mata made another crucial save.

The Wahine stayed on the attack seeking to pull level, and Brown saved back-to-back 86th-minute shots from Watanabe and Ammendolia, but UH would break through in the 87th minute. Following a corner, Cristina Drossos found Sumida inside the box for a header, which she lifted just beyond Brown's reach to equalize, notching her fourth tally this fall.

In the first overtime, Brown added two more saves, stopping shots from Kayla Ryan and Watanabe in the 96th & 100th minutes. Then in the latter OT — which saw a rare stoppage due to a referee cramp — Brown also made an all-out effort diving for a save of another Watanabe shot in the 105th minute, preserving the stalemate.

It was the seventh career double-digit save performance for Brown (three shy of her career-high 13), who's now up to a four-year total of 351 saves (29 away from the Mustang record).

Cal Poly returns home to host Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon. The Oct. 27 match against the Titans kicks off at 2 p.m. Admission is free for kids 13-and-under on Mustang Family Weekend.

Photos © Juventino Ortiz