Matadors, Aztecs Battle to Scoreless Draw

Aug. 27, 2010


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The Cal State Northridge men's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw against San Diego State Friday night at Matador Soccer Field. Sophomore goalkeeper Joe Scachetti made five saves in net for the Matadors and junior Camilo Rojas had several quality chances.

Because the game was an exhibition, the statistics do not count toward the teams' final numbers. However, several Matadors had impressive performances for head coach Terry Davila.

Scachetti took over for sophomore Michael Abalos to start the second half and wound up playing 65 minutes. In that time, he made five saves in his first appearance in a Matador uniform.

Rojas, who sat out the 2009 season, returned to lead the Matador attack. He finished with four shots in the match, nearly connecting on chances late in the second half and in the second overtime.

Several other Matadors returned to the pitch for the first time since the 2008 season. Nicholas Hamilton, Chris Leiva and Jeremy Hohn all saw extended action for Northridge Friday night.

Several other Matadors also saw their first action in a Northridge jersey, though the appearances will not count officially. Taylor Bowlin and Gustavo Villalobos both earned a spot in the starting eleven, while Alberto Rosas, Thomas Ramos and Shawin Berenji all saw time on the field.

The Matadors finished with 10 shots in the match, their lone on-goal attempt coming off the foot of Villalobos. SDSU tallied 13 shots in the game, putting five on net. CSUN was whistled for 18 fouls while the Aztecs had 12 infractions.

Both teams finished with five corner kicks in the match. Hohn and the Aztecs' Jose Altamirano both saw the yellow card in the match.

The game was the men's program's first time playing under the new lighting system at Matador Soccer Field.

Northridge opens its 2010 regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 1 when San Diego comes to Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors and Toreros are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.