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Cal Poly women's soccer picks up 2-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on senior night

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While two Mustang goalkeepers combined for a shutout on Thursday evening, the Cal Poly women’s soccer team scored twice late in the second half, earning a 2-0 Senior Night win over Cal State Fullerton in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Both squads battled scoreless for more than 80 minutes until the Mustangs broke through in the 84th.

The go-ahead sequence began when senior Megan Abutin recovered a loose ball above the 18-yard box and found sophomore Megan Demijohn along the left side of the penalty area, where she aimed far-post to beat Titan keeper Morgan Bertsch and establish the lead.

Not long afterward (89’), redshirt freshman Georgina Stiegeler won a penalty for the Mustangs upon being taken down inside the box. Abutin stepped to the spot and buried the PK, doubling the lead 99 seconds from full time.

The assist was the 23rd of Abutin’s career, moving her just one away from tying the school assist record (set by Kolleen Kassis from 1992-95). Abutin, who ranks in the top 15 nationally among all active Division I players in assists, also upped her career goals total to 20, No. 8 all-time at Cal Poly.

The win bumped Cal Poly up to 6 points in the Big West standings (seventh place at 2-4-0; 7-9-1 overall), keeping the Mustangs in contention for either the third or fourth bids to the conference tournament, hosted by CSUN on Nov. 2 and 5.

In goal for Cal Poly, senior Domenique Banta played the opening 29 minutes, including an 11th-minute save vs. Connie Caliz, before giving way to fellow senior Brittney Viboch for the remainder of the match.

Viboch then saved Titan shots in the 37th, 74th, 76th and 80th minutes to preserve the shutout. CSF (9-4-3, 2-2-1) also hit off the post in the 13th minute.

Mustang freshman Danielle Anderson shot on goal in the 19th, and sophomore Jessica Johnson (54’ & 75’) and Stiegeler (62’) also forced stops by Bertsch.

Senior midfielder Emily Hansen made her 70th career start, moving into a tie for fifth-most in school history. Hannah Farley and McKenzie Flood also started in their final home appearances as Mustangs.

Cal Poly will finish the regular season with a pair of road games, first visiting Hawai’i for a match televised on Spectrum Sports HI at 8 p.m. PDT Sunday, before traveling to UC Santa Barbara for a Blue-Green Rivalry finale at 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

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