Sophomores Kelly Kessloff and Caitlyn Kreutz scored first-half goals to lead the Cal Poly women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win Sunday over Pacific at Knoles Field in Stockton.
The Mustang women have split their first two games of the 2016 season after falling Friday night to No. 18 Cal.
Consistent Mustang pressure to start the match paid off in the 42nd minute when sophomore Chelsea Barry lofted a corner kick in to Kessloff for a headed goal, her first career tally in a regular-season match.
The Mustangs added another goal with just more than 40 seconds remaining until halftime when, following a scramble with the Tigers inside the box, sophomore Stephanie Magellan passed to Kreutz for a close-range tap (the eighth in the career of the 2015 Big West All-Freshman Team honoree).
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Freshman Sophia Brown, who made 10 saves in the 1-0 loss at No. 18 Cal on Friday evening, denied UOP’s Sigrid Aas in the 48th minute and Taylor Clarin in the 74th to earn the clean sheet.
In addition to Barry and Bonsall, junior Emily Hansen stayed on the pitch for the duration, and seniors Nicole Wheeler and Shannon Stabler, as well as redshirt freshman Lexi Marietti, also were key in defense to help Brown chalk up her first collegiate shutout.
Cal Poly will now host its home opener against San Francisco at 7 p.m. Friday before returning to Alex G. Spanos Stadium at noon Sunday to face Saint Mary’s.