Sept. 19, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A goal by Sam Ball in the 47th minute helped give the Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-5-1) the lead in the early minutes of the second half. But back-to-back goals by the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (2-3-0), including the game-winner in the 84th minute, handed CSUN a 2-1 defeat in the Matadors' final game at the University of Akron Tournament.
CSUN will now head home and prepare for the final game of their season-long six-game road trip which will take place this Friday at San Francisco.
Even though CSUN was out-shot by a 6-1 margin in the first half, starting goalkeeper Joe Scachetti made all the saves needed to keep the Flames off the scoreboard and preserve his half of a scoreless tie after the first 45 minute session.
Once the teams returned to the field, CSUN wasted no time in taking the first lead of the game as Ball scored from three yards out, beating Flames 'keeper Steve Purdy to the near post in the 47th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Not content with just the one goal advantage, CSUN kept attacking the Flames' goal throughout the second half.
Responsible for the Matadors' lone shot in the second half, defender Joe Franco saw six of his teammates create shooting lanes, forcing Purcy to make four saves on seven shots faced in the second half.
In the 62nd minute, the Flames tied the score at one apiece when Derek Huffman score from four yards out, a shot that just eluded the reach of Scachetti to tie the game at 1-1, and started an unfortunate string of events for the Matadors.
Within a three minute time-span the Matadors saw UIC tie the score, and were forced to play with a man down due a red card received in the 65th minute. Unfazed by the events that took place before them, the Matadors responded by with four consecutive shots taken by Rafael Garcia, Jeremy Hohn, Taylor Bowlin, and Alberto Rosas.
Rather than fold to the unlucky sequence of events that took place, CSUN decided to utilize their experience and maturity instead and responded by attacking the Flames' net as often in an effort to break the tie.
UIC was only able to manage three shots on goal in the final 29 minutes of the second half, unfortunately for CSUN two of those three would find the back of the net to give the Flames the lead heading into the final moments of the game.
Snakebitten by what would eventually become the game-winning shot in the 84th minute, the Matadors wasted no time in creating scoring opportunities for themselves in the final moments of the game.
Both Gustavo Villalobos and Garcia were able to create scoring opportunities on set plays from their respective corner kicks, with Purcy saving the last Matador shot taken by Garcia with less than a minute remaining in the match.
For their efforts this past weekend, the duo of Luis Gil and Ball were named to the All-Tournament Team.