Aug. 29, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Ask any soccer aificianado, the team that controls the ball will end up controlling the pace of the match, and is more likely to walk off the field at the end of the game a victor. By those standards, the Northridge Men's Soccer team did everything they needed to win the game.
They dictated the pace of the game, were continuously attacking the Georgetown Hoyas defense, and did a better job controlling the ball for a majority of the match.
However one unfortanute ricochet was all it took for the Hoyas to defeat the Matadors 1-0 as Northridge goalkeeper Kevin Guppy could not react quick enough to a shot that was unknowingly deflected off the back of a Hoya player who happened to be in the right place at the right time to score the game-winning goal.
"Things happen. I mean, you can control a game all eighty-nine minutes and in the last minute they can score a goal. It doesn't matter, in soccer things happen, everything changes no matter which way the ball is going, you just gotta keep your composure and keep going at them." Echoed junior midfielder Cameron Sims.
Coming off a solid win in an exhibition match against California last weekend, the Matadors looked to keep the momentum going against the Hoyas who traveled to Northridge as one of the four participating teams in this weekend's tournament hosted by the Matadors.
The Matadors outshot their opponent 8-1 in the first half, unfortunately the only shot the Hoyas took was the goal that would eventually win the game. And once they had the lead, the Hoyas became more defensive-minded and held the Matadors to only two more shots in the second half.
With their next home game taking place at Matador Field on Sunday at 2:30pm, the Matadors must quickly move past this disappointing result and prepare for their next opponent, Alabama A&M.
"I think Sunday we're going to be playing a way better game." said Sims after reflecting on his team's performance after the game. "It's a different team and we saw them play a little bit earlier today. They're quicker, a little bit bigger, but I think we should come out pretty strong and we'll do a good job. We should be able to play our game a little better than we did today."
In the first game of the tournament, the Titans of Cal State Fullerton and Bulldogs of Alabama A&M battled one another in a tightly contested game. The teams left the field scoreless at halftime, but two Fullerton shots found the back of the net in the second half, and were enough to give the Titans a 2-0 victory.
This tournament concludes on Sunday with Georgetown taking on Cal State Fullerton in the first game of the day at 12 noon, with Northridge and Alabama A&M kicking-off at 2:30pm at Matador Field.