SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The USC women's team defeated the Cal Poly Mustangs, 3-0, in an exhibition soccer game Saturday afternoon at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The game was played in three (3ea.), 35-minute periods.
Cal Poly will open the regular season on the road Aug. 17 when the team travels to Loyola Marymount for a 4 pm game. The Mustangs will play their home opener on Aug. 19th when the team hosts CSU Bakersfield at 12:00 pm.
USC outshot the Mustangs 25-13 and had 16 shots on goal compared to the Mustangs six. While outshot by 12 the Mustangs had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the first and second periods of play.
In the first period Cal Poly took six shots, four on goal with the team's best opportunity coming in the 10th minute when Kacey Held missed on an open net goal when her shot sailed high.
In the second period the Mustangs took five shots with three shots on goal.
USC opened up the scoring early when Whitney Pitalo took a shot that was blocked by Cal Poly goalie Heather Rouhier. Pitalo picked up the rebound and was left with an open net goal 4:36 in to the first period.
The Trojans made it a two goal lead at 9:13 when Autumn Altamirano hit a shot from 25 yards out on the left side. She placed the ball into the back right of the net, just out of the reach of Rouhier.
Freshman Elise Krieghoff recorded three shots with two on goal to lead the Mustangs while junior Kacy Held took two shots, one on goal. In total nine different Mustangs took shots with five putting balls on target.