Sept. 4, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - For the first time since October, 2001, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-1-0) will welcome the Loyola Marymount Lions (1-0-0) to Matador Field in a non-conference game scheduled to kick-off at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday's game is the 2009 home opener for the men's team, and the second-half of an all-Matador soccer doubleheader as the women's squad will face the Vermont Catamounts in their non-conference match-up scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
With a 23-8 overall record in home-opening games throughout the program's history, and an impressive 7-3-0 mark during Head Coach Terry Davila's tenure, the Matadors will look to not only improve on both of these figures, but also secure their first win of the season.
Coming off a disappointing 2-0 road loss to San Diego earlier in the week, the entire squad has been practicing hard throughout the week, incorporating the lessons learned from their previous game.
Having outshot the Toreros last Tuesday, and nearly doubling the amount of corner kicks in comparison to their opponent, the Matador offense was successful in dictating the pace of play for a majority of the game. If the team could replicate their efforts on the offensive half of the pitch, and capitalize on opportunities created in the process, than the five game losing streak against the Lions has every chance of being broken as well.
Coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 victory on the road against the San Diego State Aztecs last Tuesday, the Lions look to end their two-game road trip on a victorious note.
By scoring both Lion goals in the win, junior forward Rafael Baca also earned the attention of the Matador coaching staff; with a reputation for consistently possessing one of the stingiest defenses in the Big West, look for the Matador back-line to keep an extra eye on Baca in an attempt to neutralize his goal-scoring potential.
In total, 17 members and eight starters from last years squad return for LMU Head Coach Paul Krumpe, a team that received one first-place vote and tied for third place with Gonzaga in the most recent West Coast Conference Preseason Poll.
The 2004 NCAA Tournament was the last occasion that CSUN and LMU faced one another; Northridge traveled to Westchester only to leave the hillside campus on the wrong end of a 1-0 score.
Five years later it is the Lions who make the trip down the 405 to face a Matador team that possesses a 7-1-1 record against LMU in the nine games played at Matador Field.
Matador soccer fans who are unable to attend a match in-person can still follow all the action live, in real-time by utilizing GameTracker. Visit www.GoMatadors.com to utilize this program, receive up-to-the-minute statistics and information, access Coach Davila's Twitter page, or the Athletic Department's YouTube website.