Sept. 27, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Once Milan Radovic scored for the #24-ranked Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-2-1) in the 62nd minute, the Matador offense erupted in the final part of their game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Sunday afternoon. After nearly scoring on three occasions with the clock winding down towards the end of the game, the Matadors ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 game and were handed their second loss of the season.
Northridge will now travel to UC Riverside for their inaugural Big West Conference game against the Highlanders this Wednesday evening, kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, the Matadors did just about everything right except win the game. A majority of the contest was spent in front of the Carolina net; Northridge outshot their opponents 17-6, took nearly twice as many shots on goal (5-3), and earned over three times as many corner kicks in comparison to the Chanticleers (10-3).
But it was Coastal Carolina who first found the back of the net off a Coastal Carolina corner kick that ricocheted around a pile of players camped in front of the Matador goalkeeper before finding the back of the net, and scored what would become the game-winning goal six minutes into the second half.
After Radovic scored off a pass from defender Dylan Riley, the Matadors became more aggressive on offense during the final 18 minutes of the game, fired shot after shot on the Chanticleer 'keeper, and rarely let the ball cross the midfield line into their defensive half of the pitch.
Riley earned his first assist of the season on the play.
The game could have easily finished in CSUN's favor had the Chanticleer defense not made two saves of their own from point-blank range to preserve their lead.
Eleven different Matadors ended up taking a shot during the game, led by forward Cameron Sims who led both teams with four of his own.
The Matadors now have the next two days off to practice and prepare for their conference-opening match against the Highlanders in what will be CSUN's fifth consecutive road game.
Big West Challenge All-Tournament Team
Coastal Carolina - Alex Russell, Cyprian Hedrick, Riley Phelps, Djamel Bekka
Denver - Joe Willis, Kris Banghart, Mark Weigand
Cal State Fullerton - Matt Sanders, Justin Burney