The Wait is Over, the 2009 Season has Finally Arrived
Aug. 31, 2009
Tuesday, September 1 at San Diego, 7:00 p.m. (Torero Stadium) - GameTracker
Sunday, September 6 vs. Loyola Marymount, 4:30 p.m. (Matador Field) - GameTracker
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK
Friday, August 28 vs. UNLV (Exhibition), W, 3-2
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-0-0) will open the 2009 season on the road Tuesday evening as they face the University of San Diego Toreros (0-0-0) in a non-conference match-up scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium. CSUN will then return to Matador Field this Sunday, September 6th to kick-off their home schedule in another non-conference game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. against the Loyola Marymount Lions. Both games will be available for viewing on GameTracker, visit www.GoMatadors.com to follow all of the action live and in real-time.
HOME SWEET HOME
Last Friday, the Cal State Northridge Matadors faced the visiting UNLV Rebels in an exhibition match at Matador Field. After Chad Borak game the Matadors an early 1-0 lead with his goal in the 12th minute, before UNLV scored two unanswered goals in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. A cross from the foot of Yuval Barak found Devin Deldo in the middle of the penalty area as Deldo headed in the equalizer at the 69th minute, with CSUN teammate Rafael Garcia converting on a free kick in the 89th minute to give the home squad a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.
When the Matadors travel down I-5 to face the Toreros in their inaugural game of the 2009 regular season Tuesday evening, the team will also take an impressive 20-8-2 record in season-opening games, with head coach Terry Davila possessing a near-flawless 8-1-1 season-opening record during his ten years at the helm of the men's soccer program.
THE INSIDE SCOOP
Matador soccer fans can sign-up to receive the latest thoughts, opinions, and information from head coach Terry Davila via Twitter throughout the season at http://twitter.com/CSUNMensSoccer. Cal State Northridge is also the only member of the Big West Conference, and one of the few across the nation that provide live post-game interviews for free on the Athletic Department's YouTube page. Fans can watch interviews with their favorite players and coaches at http://www.youtube.com/northridgeathletics throughout the season.
DID YOU MISS ME?
After suffering season-ending injuries in the first half of the first game of the 2008 season, redshirt-seniors Devin Deldo and Rafael Garcia returned to the pitch for the first time in a year in the Matadors' exhibition game against UNLV last Friday afternoon. Both wasted no time in becoming involved on both sides of the pitch as Deldo started the game, and scored the equalizing goal on a header that froze the Rebel's goalkeeper. Garcia was a first-half substitute, and ended up scoring the game-winning goal on a free kick taken in front of his bench, just outside the penalty area.
ONE OF A KIND... LITERALLY
Having produced numbers that have increased in his first three season at Northridge, midfielder Sunghyun Kim has amassed 42 points on 15 goals and 12 assists throughout his collegiate career. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif. has started in 53 of the 57 games he has competed in, and is the only senior in the entire conference who has earned All-Big West honors during his first three seasons as a student-athlete. In `06 Kim was named to the Second Team as a freshman, received Honorable Mention honors his sophomore season, and followed that with a spot on the First Team last season.
A CLOSER LOOK AT SAN DIEGO
Tuesday evening's game between the Toreros of the University of San Diego (USD) and the Matadors of Cal State Northridge will mark the first time in almost four years that the two have competed against one another. Even though the Toreros left victorious that day, the Matadors left Torero Stadium, the site of the Matadors' 2009 season opening game, with a W. Predicted to finish in fifth place as stated in the most recent West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, a pair of All-WCC first team members in defender Ryan Peterman and goalkeeper Kelin Briones return to lead the way for the Toreros this season. The Matadors have dropped six of the last seven games played against San Diego, and look to turn around the series record, and won their second consecutive game on San Diego's home field.
Series History: Matadors trail 8-12-0
Home Record: 4-3-0 // Away Record: 4-8-0 // Neutral Record: 0-1-0
Last Home Meeting: 9/21/05 - Matadors 0, San Diego 1 // Last Away Meeting: 9/26/04 - Matadors 3, San Diego 0
A CLOSER LOOK AT LMU
Even though only 25 miles separate the two campuses from one another, the Matadors will face the Loyola Marymount Lions for the first time since November, 2004, and welcome their opponents to Matador Field for their first game on Valley soil in almost eight years. Earning one first-place vote and slated to finish tied for third place with Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference, junior forward Rafael Baca and sophomore defender Roger Downes each received preseason all-conference honors. This year's team is comprised of 17 letterwinners and eight starters that compiled an overall record of 7-8-5 and finished fifth in the WCC at 5-6-1.
Series History: Matadors lead 11-7-2
Home Record: 7-1-1 // Away Record: 4-6-1 // Neutral Record: 0-0-0
Last Home Meeting: 10/7/01 - Matadors 2, LMU 2 (2OT) // Last Away Meeting: 11/20/04 - Matadors 0, LMU 1
MATADORS PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
With the start of the regular season about to take place, the Cal State Northridge men's soccer team received 32 points and a first-place vote in the Big West Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. 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.
1. UC Santa Barbara (4) 45
2. UC Irvine (2) 40
3. Cal Poly 34
4. Northridge (1) 32
5. UC Davis 20
6. Cal State Fullerton 13
7. UC Riverside 12
() First-place votes
MAKING THE LIST
College Soccer News recently released their annual top-100 freshman to watch in 2009, with five Big West freshman receiving accolades from the publication. Out of the five, CSUN's own Luis Gil was amongst some of the most talented freshmen in the nation to watch. The native from Fillmore, Calif. will play midfield this season, and made his unofficial Matador debut against UNLV last week.
ROOKIE BY NAME ONLY
In 2008, defenseman Matthew Chavez was the only freshman to start a game for Head Coach Terry Davila. Chavez has played in 15 of 17 matches, and was named to the starting line-up on ten of those 15 occasions.
THE ROAD TO THE TITLE GOES THROUGH NORTHRIDGE
Since joining the Big West Conference in 2001, Northridge and UC Santa Barbara have combined to win seven of the eight conference titles, with UC Irvine joining the championship-winning club last season.