SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sacramento State junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata made a career-high 12 saves, tied for the fifth most saves in a match in program history, but Cal Poly tallied two goals in each half for a 4-0 win Friday night in San Luis Obispo.
The Hornets dropped to 0-2-0 on the young season while Cal Poly, which has now scored 12 goals in just three games, improved to 3-0-0. The match was played under limited lighting and electricity in the stadium after a campus-wide power outage resulted from a hawk flying into local power lines.
After a pair of early scoring opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, the Mustangs broke through in the 25th minute when freshman midfielder Lydia Anderson assisted senior midfielder Haley Walker with a cross. Seven minutes later Cal Poly went up 2-0 when sophomore forward Elise Krieghoff had a chip into the net off a cross by senior defender Cristina Farrington.
Cal Poly had a 14-4 shot advantage in the first half and carried its momentum into the second frame when freshman forward Megan Abutin scored on a turnaround from about 15 yards in the 49th minute. Krieghoff then tallied her second goal of the night and her seventh goal in three games this season in the 53rd minute, lofting a shot beyond the reach of Mata as senior midfielder Jordyn Zander recorded an assist.
Mata made seven saves in the second half to keep her team in the contest and the Hornets put five of their seven shot attempts for the night on goal but were denied by a pair of Mustang goalkeepers. Cal Poly had a 24-7 shot advantage for the match and had a 16-5 edge in shots in goal. Krieghoff totaled 15 shots in the match on her own, placing 11 on frame.
The Hornets will continue their season-opening road trip at 1 p.m. Sunday at CSU Bakersfield.