SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly's Elise Krieghoff – the leading goal scorer in the Big West Conference and the second leading goal scorer in the country – converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute to lead the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Titans (6-5-4, 1-2-1 Big West) have now lost two in a row for the first time since September of 2012, and have failed to find the back of the net in their last 198 minutes on the field.
With the win, Cal Poly (8-7-0, 4-1-0 Big West), remains at the top of the Big West standings, and Fullerton has now lost four straight in San Luis Obispo with the club's last win against Cal Poly on the road in 2005.
With her blast to the low right corner, Krieghoff put away her 17th goal of the year on the penalty kick that was called after Fullerton was whistled for hand ball in the box.
Fullerton outshot the Mustangs, 11-6, but only put three of those attempts were put on frame as Alyssa Giannetti made two saves and the Cal Poly defense also collaborated on a stop.
Fullerton goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic faced four shots on goal, stopping two while her defense also was forced to make a save.
Erica Mazeau led Fullerton with two shots on frame, and the clubs combined for a total of 35 fouls with Fullerton committing 18, the team's highest total since being charged for 27 fouls vs. Utah State on Sept. 15.
After playing its last two matches on the road, Cal State Fullerton returns to Titan Stadium on Sunday to host UC Santa Barbara at 6 p.m. It will be Thunderstick night at Titan Stadium while supplies last.
Notes: Cal State Fullerton has suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since falling to Texas Tech (2-1) on Sept. 16, 2012, followed by a 3-1 loss to UC Irvine on Sept. 18, 2012…the Titans have not scored a goal in their last 198 minutes on the field…in one-goal games this season, Cal State Fullerton holds a record of 5-4…the Titans have been shut out on six occasions in 2013…Fullerton's 18 fouls were its most since committing 27 vs. Utah State on Sept. 15, 2013.