Nov. 6, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A converted penalty shot taken in the 41st minute by Cal Poly (8-6-3, 5-3-2 BWC) would prove to be the difference Saturday evening at the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-14-2, 2-7-1 BWC) were defeated by a score of 2-0 in their season finale.
With a foul called on a 50/50 slide tackle in the 41st minute inside the Matador penalty area, Mustang midfielder Junior Burgos would give his team a 1-0 lead at the half when he capitalized on his penalty kick.
Prior to that call, both teams would trade possessions with one another, patiently waiting for a seam to appear in their respective opponent's defense that would provide the scoring opportunity needed to take the initial lead.
Six of the nine Matador shots taken against Cal Poly took place throughout the first half, forcing Mustang goalkeeper Patrick McLain to make three saves to keep CSUN off the scoreboard.
Cal Poly would double their advantage in the 63rd minute when Mustang forward David Zamora turned a CSUN turnover into the second goal of the game on his shot that was taken from eight yards out.
Northridge did have their opportunities to score against the visiting Mustangs, coming up just short on a few occasions.
Having scored two goals in their previous meeting in San Luis Obispo on October 6th, Matador midfielder Rafael Garcia nearly scored on two free kicks; one shot sailed over the crossbar with McLain making the save on the other.
Garcia led all Matadors with four shots taken, two of which were on goal.
In the 81st minute, midfielder Rene Anguiano nearly cut Cal Poly's lead in half when he raced through the Mustang penalty area to create a more successful angle from which to take a shot on goal. Sandwiched by two defenders, Anguiano was still able to take a shot at McLain as he was falling towards the ground only to see the Cal Poly netminder make his final save of the evening.
Prior to the start of Saturday's match, senior midfielder Chris Leiva was joined by various members of his family as part of a ceremony in his honor. The lone member of this year's squad who will graduate later this year with a degree in Urban Studies and Planning, the Burbank native received the starting nod in his final game as a Matador.