Sept. 10, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - Dominating possession throughout both overtime periods, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-2-1) nearly scored on all three shots taken during the extra sessions in the inaugural game of the 2010 Cal State Fullerton Tournament against the Washington Huskies (1-1-1). After 110 minutes of action, neither team found the back of the net, and left Fullerton with a 0-0 tie.
Even though CSUN was out-shot by a 16-9 margin, the Matador defense prevented Washington from taking any dangerous shots at Matador goalkeeper Michael Abalos for a majority of the match. Abalos finished with five saves, earning his first shutout of the season.
Only able to fire two shots at Husky netminder Stephen Fung during the first half, Northridge was more successful during in the second half in creating the lanes needed to fire clean shots at the Husky goal. Of the four shots taken by CSUN throughout the second 45 minute session, two were on goal.
Matador midfielder Gustavo Villabos was aggressive from the first moment of the match, attacking the Husky defenders on any and all occasions throughout the entire game. Responsible for nearly one-half of CSUN's shots, Villalobos finished with four shots and two shots on goal.
Midfielder Thomas Ramos only finished with one shot against Washington, one that nearly put the Matadors on the board with six minutes left in the second overtime as Fun needed to lunge to his left to secure Ramos' shot from the middle of the penalty area.
Unable to clear the ball from their half of the pitch, Washington spent the last minutes of the game on their heels as Northridge continue to apply pressure on the Husky back-line in search of their first win in 2010.
With 90 seconds left in the match, Luis Gil tried to sneak a shot in the upper right-hand side of the net as his bicycle kick from seven yards out off turned out sailed over the crossbar to the relief of the Husky faithful in attendance.
Ramos was one of three Matadors to start in their first game of the season as junior defender Jeremy Hohn returned to the starting line-up after redshirting the 2009 season. Freshman defender Tanner Snedigar was also named to the starting 11 for his first game as a Matador; both took one shot against Washington with Snedigar's being on-goal.
Northridge will return to Titan Stadium Sunday morning to face the San Jose State Spartans, kick-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. GameTracker will not be available for Sunday's match-up, updates will be posted throughout the match on both the GoMatadors and CSUN men's soccer twitter feed. Link up to either account by visiting GoMatadors.com.