May 27, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With the start of the 2009 season only a few months away, Head Coach Terry Davila now knows exactly where the road to the NCAA Championships will take him as his schedule of games is now official.
Having finished the previous season with an 8-7-4 overall and 4-3-3 conference record, Davila and his team are committed toward improving both marks en route towards a spot in the both the Big West and NCAA Tournaments.
Before Big West competition begins, the Matadors will compete in three preseason games against UNLV, University of San Diego, and Loyola Marymount in addition to participating in three weekend tournaments.
For the second consecutive season, the Matadors will host a weekend tournament of their own, the Cal State Northridge Invitational, with Fairleigh-Dickinson, UW-Milwaukee, and Cal State Fullerton traveling to Northridge in mid-September.
The following week Northridge will travel to Dallas, Texas to participate in a tournament hosted by Southern Methodist University before finishing the preseason as one of the four participating teams in the Cal State Fullerton Tournament.
Last season, the Matadors were the only team to finish that tournament undefeated, and look to defend their title in 2009 when the team returns to Titan Stadium in late September.
Scheduled to open Big West competition once again against UC Riverside (this time on the road), CSUN will then travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to face the University of New Mexico Lobos before ending the three-game road trip at Cal State Fullerton.
The first of five Big West home games will take place on October 10 when the Matadors face the UC Irvine Anteaters in the first of three consecutive games scheduled to take place at Matador Field.
Last season, the Anteaters and Matadors fought one another valiantly for the fourth, and final spot in the inaugural Big West Men's Soccer Tournament. CSUN's post-season hopes were dashed when UCI scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes in regulation; a game still fresh on the minds of the Matadors as they look to erase the memories of last season's finale with a successful performance on the pitch this season.
Following that game, conference-rivals Santa Barbara will make their annual journey to the Valley, with the lone game against UC Davis this season taking place on the Matador's home turf to close out the home-stand.
After the Matadors fire up the bus once again for a two-game road trip, the men in red return to Northridge for their final home games of the season against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton on October 31st and November 4th respectively before finishing conference play against the defending Big West Conference Champions in Irvine.
Soccer fans can click on the link above to download a printable version of the 2009 schedule and are encouraged to visit www.GoMatadors.com for all the latest, up-to-the-minute information pertaining to the Matador Men's Soccer team.