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Second-half Hansen header helps Cal Poly women's soccer play to 1-1 draw at Hawai'i

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Cal Poly senior Emily Hansen scored on a 74th-minute header on Sunday night, tying the Mustangs’ match at Hawai’i, on the way to a 1-1 draw in Waipi’o Peninsula Soccer Stadium as both schools kept their Big West Conference Tournament hopes alive.

Following a scoreless first half, the two sides traded shots on goal early in the second, with Cal Poly junior Sydney Knauer forcing a save by Alexis Mata in the 53rd minute, and Raisa Strom-Okimoto stopped by Mustang sophomore Sophia Brown in the 54th.

The Rainbow Wahine took the lead in the 58th minute, when Strom-Okimoto passed upfield to Sonest Furtado, who maneuvered behind the back line for a 1-v-1 opportunity, where she capitalized into an empty net at the right post for her seventh tally of the year.

Cal Poly equalized in the 74th, as junior Chelsea Barry delivered a long, high-arcing free kick almost from the center circle to Hansen, who ran under a one-hopper bounce inside the box for a header into the back of the net.

Both squads created a handful of chances in each of the two overtimes, beginning with redshirt freshman Georgina Stiegeler shooting high in the 92nd minute, followed by three straight Mata saves vs. Hansen (93’) and sophomores Megan Demijohn (95’) and Jessica Johnson (98’).

Johnson also tested Mata with a 105th-minute shot (deflected out of bounds), resulting in a corner for senior Megan Abutin, leading to one more attempt for Demijohn (wide on 106’).

Brown stepped in front of a 107th-minute shot by Strom-Okimoto to keep the match level, after previously denying a Furtado shot in the 64th. Johnson also placed shots on frame in the fifth and 76th minutes.

Cal Poly had a 20-15 edge in overall shots on the evening, and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

Adding the point from the tie in the Big West standings, the Mustangs moved to 7 points (2-4-1) in the conference table with one game remaining in the regular season.

CSUN (14), UC Irvine (13) and UC Davis (11) occupy the top three seeds for the four-bid conference tournament, set to be hosted by CSUN on Nov. 2 and 5.

With a victory at UC Santa Barbara in the regular-season finale on Oct. 29, however, Cal Poly (7-9-2 overall) could tie Cal State Fullerton (currently with 10 points) for the fourth and final berth — provided the Titans were to lose each of their last two games, coupled with select other results around the conference involving UC Riverside (9), Long Beach State & UCSB (each also on 7) and UH (4; 1-4-1, 6-8-1 overall).

In the scenario of a tie upon 10 points with Cal State Fullerton, the Mustangs would own the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two based on their 2-0 win over the Titans on Oct. 19.

The Blue-Green Rivalry matchup at UCSB will kick off in Harder Stadium at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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