Senior forward Mackenzie Pridham scored twice, and the Cal Poly men’s soccer team had three unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes to complete a furious 4-2 comeback victory over Drake in the season opener in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday.
After Drake’s Bryan Jantsch opened scoring with a goal off the post at the eight-minute mark, John Chronopoulos scored for Cal Poly (1-0-0) in the 15th minute.
The Bulldogs (1-1) broke the tie with a Danton Irelan score off a through pass at 73:57. Then, the Mustangs came alive.
Pridham knotted it back up on a penalty kick two minutes later, then assisted Mike Hocker on the go-ahead score in the 81st minute.
Then Pridham, who ranked second in the Big West Conference with 11 goals last season en route to earning the offensive player of the year award, scored again with just four seconds remaining in the match.
Cal Poly outshot Drake 18-11, 8-7 on goal, and though he allowed two scores, Mustangs sophomore goalkeeper Wade Hamilton had a game-high five saves.
Cal Poly travels to Omaha, Neb., to play No. 6 Creighton on Sunday and visits UCLA on Thursday before returning to Alex G. Spanos Stadium for a six-game homestand starting Sept. 8 against Gonzaga.
CAL POLY 4, SACRAMENTO STATE 0
The Mustangs improved to 3-0-0, and sophomore forward Elise Krieghoff scored twice to increase her goal total to seven on the young season in the victory over the Hornets (0-2-0).
Krieghoff scored in the 32nd and 53rd minutes at the lower fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex. Just three matches into the season, she needs just four more to tie her 2012 total of 11, which led the Big West Conference.
Senior midfielder Haley Walker and true freshman forward Megan Abutin scored the other Mustangs goals.
Krieghoff came into the match tied for the Division I scoring lead with five goals through two matches, numbers that earned her Big West Offensive Player of the Week.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti had three saves before junior Megan Heddinger entered in the 60th minute and logged two more in goal.
NORTHERN COLORADO 3, CAL POLY 1
The Bears spoiled the return of senior All-America middle blocker Jennifer Keddy as the Mustangs avoided the sweep by winning the third set but hit .116 as a team on the road in their season opener.
Keddy, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and had foot surgery in May, played in three sets, accumulating two kills on 13 attacks with two digs and two blocks.
Senior outside hitter Megan McConnell had a match-high 17 kills for Cal Poly, and fellow senior Chelsea Hardin added 10, while sophomore setter Maddie Kuber tallied 32 assists.
Middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald had an impressive collegiate debut. The Mustangs’ true freshman from Southlake, Texas, had nine kills and led the team with four blocks and a team-leading .333 hitting percentage.
Playing the Northern Colorado/Colorado State Tournament, Cal Poly plays Baylor at 10:30 a.m. today in Greeley, Colo., before wrapping play against the Rams 45 minutes away in Fort Collins, Colo., at 6 p.m.