Aug. 12, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
With the start of the season looming only two weeks away, the Cal State Northridge men's soccer team received 32 points and a first-place vote in the Big West Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Poll, the league announced. The Matadors, who open play with a home exhibition against UNLV on Aug. 28 at 4:30, feature a senior-laden roster and several all-conference performers from 2008.
"I am excited for another competitive, tight race to the end in the Big West," CSUN Head Coach Terry Davila said. "I wouldn't want to be in any other league."
Northridge returns a host of skilled players for Davila, including seniors Sunghyun Kim, Robert Pate, Chad Borak, Dylan Riley, Devin Deldó, Moy Gomez, Ruben Rodriguez and Cameron Sims. CSUN finished 8-7-4 overall and 4-3-3 in the Big West for a fifth-place finish in 2008.
UC Santa Barbara received 45 points and four first-place votes to become the preseason favorite. UC Irvine picked up 40 points and two first-place votes for second and Cal Poly checked in at third with 34 points. UC Davis checked in at fifth with 20 points, while Cal State Fullerton earned 13 and UC Riverside received 12 to finish seventh and eighth, respectively.
"I feel all the coaches in this conference believe actions speak louder than words," Davila added.
The 2009 season will mark the conference's second year with a postseason tournament, matching up the top four squads for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Following the exhibition against the Rebels, Northridge opens the season at the University of San Diego on Sept. 1. The Matadors' home opener is slated for Sept. 6 with a match against LMU at 4:30 p.m.
The following week, CSUN hosts The Matador Challenge and will face Farleigh-Dickinson on Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. and Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sept. 13 at 1: 30 p.m. Both matches will be preceded by contests featuring Big West rival Cal State Fullerton.
CSUN students receive free admission to all Matador home contests throughout the season with their Northridge I.D.
Click here for a video interview with Coach Davila.