Aug. 31, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - It was the Matador upperclassmen that provided all the firepower that was needed for the Matadors against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs earlier today in the final game of the CSU-Northridge Men's Soccer Tournament.
Senior Ben Cox scored the first goal of the season for the Matadors in the 40th minute, but it was Sunghyun Kim's tally in the 85th minute that squelched any opportunity for the Bulldogs to leave Matador Field with a victory.
Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Georgetown Hoyas last Friday, the Matadors looked to control the pace of the game from the first minute. The Matadors played well on both sides of the ball throughout the entire game as their aggressive pace on offense enabled them to outshoot their opponents 15-10, and limit the number of scoring opportunities for the Bulldogs.
"I felt like today was a rebound day as we played with a greater level of pride." echoed Cox. In their previous game, the Matadors suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss against Georgetown last Friday.
The victory improved the Matadors record to 1-1-0 for the season.
In addition to scoring the game-winning goal, Cox was one of three Matador players who were named to the CSUN All-Tournament Team, also joining him were midfielder Milan Radovic and defensemen Jeremy Hohn.
Also named to the All-Tournament team for Georgetown were goalkeeper Mark Wilber, defensemen Len Coleman, midfielders Robert Burnett and Scott Larrabee. For the Titans defenseman T.J. Detviler and Joshua Meyer earned All-Tournament honors, while midfielder Rogers Atugonza was the lone Bulldog to make the team.
Earlier in the day, the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Cal State Fullerton Titans 2-0 in a fiercely competitive game that sam Joshua Meyer leave the field late in the second half after receiving a red card . With the win the Hoyas finished the weekend 2-0 and were named Tournament Champions. The loss dropped the Titans to 1-1-0 record, while Alabama A&M ended the tournament with a 0-2-0 record.