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Oct 9, 2012 7:54 PM by Andrew Masuda

Dynamic scoring duo helps Cal Poly soccer to 4-0 start in conference

Some fantastic freshmen have helped catapult the Cal Poly women's soccer team into first place in the Big West Conference. The Mustangs are off to a 4-0 start in Big West matches. That includes last week's two come-from-behind wins on the road.

Elise Krieghoff and Santa Maria native Sara Epps, both freshmen, scored two goals apiece in Sunday's thrilling 4-3 double overtime win at defending champion Long Beach State.

Epps has four goals this season, while Krieghoff has sent a Conference-leading 8 balls to the back of the net.

"For us, they're players that we can get the ball to up top. They can hold the ball and find each other. They're goal scorers. You know sometimes they make something out of nothing and that's what it takes," said head coach Alex Crozier.

The Mustangs took Monday off to rest before returning to practice on Tuesday. Krieghoff says the team needs to start matches with more intensity rather than always having to play from behind. "We really have to work on being a first half team and putting balls away early and stepping up our game in the first half because we come out a little frightened and it's really scary when we come out in the first half and we're down. But coming back I think is going to help us become a better team and helps us win this conference," said Krieghoff.

The Mustangs last won a regular season title in 2009. Cal Poly hosts Cal State Northridge Friday night at 7pm and the University of Hawaii on Sunday at 12pm.

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