Oct 26, 2013 2:52 AM by Donovan Aird
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Two more goals by Elise Krieghoff helped lift the Cal Poly women's soccer team to a 2-1 win at UC Santa Barbara on Friday night at Harder Stadium. The Blue-Green Rivalry victory clinched at least a share of the Big West Conference regular-season championship for the Mustangs.
The Big West's automatic NCAA Tournament berth will be determined at the conference tournament, which will be held Nov. 7 (with the semifinals) and Nov. 10 (the championship final) at Cal State Fullerton. The regular-season Big West title is Cal Poly's first since 2009.
Cal Poly (6-1-0 Big West, 10-7-0 overall), which will visit UC Davis for its regular-season finale at 2 p.m. Oct. 31, now has 18 points to reside alone atop the standings. However, if UC Davis were to win that match, and if UC Irvine (4-2-0, 9-6-0) were to win-out the rest of the way, the Anteaters would also finish with 18 points and, in that scenario, would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker (thanks to a 4-3 win over the Mustangs on Oct. 6) and therefore would be the conference tournament's No. 1 seed.
In Friday's match, Krieghoff tallied the first score in the 50th minute, shooting to the upper-left from the top of the penalty area after taking a pass from Sara Lancaster. It was the fifth assist of the year for Lancaster, a junior midfielder.
Soon afterward, in the 53rd minute, Krieghoff struck again from about 25 yards out after taking possession following a UCSB defensive miscue.
It was the seventh time this year that the Mustangs have netted more than one goal within a span of just five minutes.
They were the 19th and 20th goals of the season for the sophomore forward from Clovis. Krieghoff came into the week tied for the national lead in goals, and she added to her ongoing single-season school record.
The Gauchos (3-4-0, 9-8-1) scored in the 80th minute when Allie Ariniello rebounded a Madison Beckley shot and bodied it in from the front of the goal.
Alyssa Giannetti made four saves for the Mustangs. The sophomore goalkeeper is now 10-0-0 this year when being spotted a lead first.
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