Sept. 30, 2012
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
Elise Krieghoff scored her sixth goal of the season in the 12th minute on Sunday afternoon and Cal Poly was able to make it stand up the remainder of the way as the Mustangs beat visiting UC Davis 1-0 in a Big West Conference women's soccer match.
The Aggies split their weekend trip to the Central Coast to start the conference season, falling to 6-5-1 overall, while Cal Poly improved to 5-5-1 after sweeping its first two Big West matches. Four different players had shots on goal for UC Davis while Taylor Jern made three saves in goal.
The Mustangs took the first three shots of the game, getting on the scoreboard in the 12th minute when Krieghoff corraled a rebound to score in the back right corner of the goal. Her half-dozen goals lead Cal Poly this season.
Allison Kelly, who scored in Friday's overtime win at UC Santa Barbara, got a shot on goal in the 23rd minute but it was saved by the Mustangs' Alyssa Giannetti. Jern had two saves of her own the rest of the half as Cal Poly took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Mustangs outshot UC Davis 6-4 in the second half. Ashley Edwards had a shot on goal in the 83rd minute while Lexi Poppoff had two shots in the 86th minute - one of them on goal - as the Aggies tried to rally late.
Cal Poly held a 14-7 shot advantage overall and led in corner kicks, 5-0.
"We made a mistake early on and they snuck one in on us," said UC Davis coach Maryclaire Robinson. "Our legs were a little heavy from Friday night but we rallied late to produce a few great scoring chances. We're on the right path and the squad is responding well. This group has the ability to compete with the best the conference has to offer."
UC Davis will finish a stretch of seven straight games on the road when it faces local rival Pacific in a 7 p.m. game on Friday.