Matador Soccer Legend Armando Valdivia Passes Away
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
It is with great sadness that the Cal State Northridge men's soccer program announces the passing of Armando Valdivia. Valdivia, who competed for the Matadors from 1990-93, passed away last week.
"Armando was one of the greatest players ever to compete for Northridge," said current head coach Terry Davila, who was a roommate of Valdivia during their playing days at CSUN. "He will be missed by everyone at Cal State Northridge and everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him."
Valdivia began his career at CSUN in 1990 and led the Matadors during their transition from being an NCAA Division II program to the Division I level. In 1991 as a sophomore, Valdivia led the Matadors with 11 assists.
In his junior season, the first for Northridge in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Valdivia earned First Team All-MPSF honors and tied for the team lead with 10 goals. That year, he was also named to the Third Team All-Far West Region.
Valdivia's most successful season on the pitch came during his senior year, a campaign that ended with CSUN's trip to the MPSF Championship match. During the season, he set numerous offensive records that still stand in the Northridge record books to this day.
He finished the season as the team leader in goals with 17, a figure that ranks sixth all-time for a single season. His 20 assists in 1993 are the best for one year in school history and his 54 total points rank third-best. Valdivia also holds the record for most assists in a single match, recording five in a win over Oregon State on October 3, 1993.
At the end of the 1993 season, Valdivia was named to the First Team All-MPSF and was chosen as the MPSF Pacific Division Player of the Year. He was also selected to the All-American Second Team, the first Matador to receive the honor at the Division I level.
Valdivia finished his career as one of the all-time legends in Northridge soccer lore. He ranks fourth all-time with 37 career goals, fourth with 37 career assists and second with 111 career points.