CSUN Continues Six-Game Road Trip This Weekend

Sept. 8, 2010

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Friday, September 10, 4:30 p.m.

Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-2) vs. Washington Huskies (1-1)

Cal State Fullerton Tournament at Titan Stadium - Fullerton, Calif.

Sunday, September 12, 11:30 a.m.

Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-2) vs. San Jose State (2-1)

Cal State Fullerton Tournament at Titan Stadium - Fullerton, Calif.


NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-2) will compete in their first tournament of the 2010 season when they travel to Fullerton to face the Washington Huskies (1-1) and San Jose State Spartans (2-1). Kick-off for Friday's game against the Huskies is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Sunday's game against the Spartans will start at 11:30 a.m.


Emerging as champions in the inaugural Cal State Fullerton tournament in 2008, the Matadors return to Titan Stadium this weekend looking to repeat their results from two years ago and emerge as tournament champions once again. Standing in their way are two teams, one of which is the Washington Huskies.

Looking for their first win this season, CSUN will also look to earn their first win against Washington as the Huskies can claim the only victory in their three previous meetings, with two games finishing in a 3-3 draw. Finishing with a 5-7-6 overall and 2-3-5 record against Pac-10 opponents, the Huskies split their first two games of the season in last weekend's Nike Portland Invitational. Opening their season with a 2-1 defeat against Evansville, UW rebounded two days later with a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois.

Nine letterwinners and seven starters return this season for head coach Dean Wurzberger, one of which is junior forward Brent Richards who returns as the team's leading scorer with five goals in 2009 and is responsible for one of the two Husky goals scored this season. The other goal belongs to freshman forward John Crenshaw, one of 10 newcomers to earn a spot on UW's roster.


CSUN's road trip will continue in Fullerton Sunday afternoon when the Matadors face the San Jose State Spartans in their final game at the Cal State Fullerton men's soccer tournament. Opening their season with two straight victories against UC Riverside and Cal State Monterey Bay, SJSU suffered their first defeat of the year at UC Davis last Sunday.

Including their tournament-opening game against Cal State Fullerton, Sunday's game against Northridge will be their fourth, and final, game against Big West opposition in 2010.

Even though eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last season's third-place squad return in 2010, San Jose State was predicted to finish in fifth place as stated in the most recent Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Coaches' Poll. Midfielder Josh Boemecke is piecing together an impressive senior season as he has already found the back of the net three times, two of which were game-winners. Leading the team with three goals, six points, seven shots, and five shots on goal, expect the Matador backline to focus on Boemecke's whereabouts at all times.


After finishing the 2009 season with a 10-8-2 overall record and spot in the postseason for the first time since the 2005 season, this year's team has their sights set on an even more successful season and return to the playoffs in 2010. Thirteen returning letterwinners and four All-Big West honorees return to the pitch this season as this core group of returners will help shape the collective potential of the 17 student-athletes who are new to the program. Led by midfielder Rafael Garcia (2007 All-Big West Second Team), forward Camilo Rojas (2008 All-Big West Second Team), goalkeeper Michael Abalos and midfielder Rene Anguiano (both 2009 All-Big West Honorable Mention recipients) the 2010 team features a dynamic mix of talent, skills, toughness, and potential that makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the Big West.

Even though last year's squad was laden with senior, a number of student-athletes were still abel to log significant minutes, and will be counted upon once again to head led the way for the starting 11 each and every game. Three players - Rene Anguiano, Joe Franco, Garcia - competed in at least 19 of the 20 games played last season with the latter two having competed in every game in 2009. Daniel Yoon competed in 17 of the 20 games, while teammates Michael Abalos and Luis Gil played in 16 and 15 games respectively.

Coach Davila has a young, yet experienced roster that will take the field in 2010 as ten players have utilized their redshirt season. In doing so, these student-athletes are able to gain as extra year's worth of experience within Davila's system, yet preserve their collegiate eligibility for an additional year. Combined with the efforts of the incoming class of freshmen and transfer players - goalkeeper Joe Scachetti, defender Teylor Bowlin, and goalkeeper Manabu Kaji lend their talents to CSUN after transferring from UCLA, UNLV, and Citrus College respectively - the Matador men's soccer team are preparing themselves for not only a successful season in 2010, but in future seasons as well.


Last Sunday's game was the start of a season-long six game road trip that includes competition in two tournaments and two one-off games against West Coast Conference teams. Even though the trip started on an unfortunate note as the Matadors were defeated 2-0 at Loyola Marymount, CSUN is eager to return to the pitch to face Washington and San Jose State in this weekend's Cal State Fullerton Tournament. Northridge will continue their road trip next week when they travel to Ohio to compete against top-ranked Akron and Illinois-Chicago in the University of Akron Tournament before concluding their journey against San Francisco on September 24.


Known for creating a tough schedule year after year, the Matador coaching staff have pieced together one of the most challenging schedules ever in an attempt to prepare the team for the challenges and rigors faced during conference play. Almost one-third of the games scheduled in 2010 will be against teams that were ranked in the top-25 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2009. The list of opponents includes CSUN's season-opening game vs. San Diego (9/1), last season's College Cup runner-up and 2010's preseason #1-ranked team Akron (9/17), San Francisco (9/24), cross-town rival UCLA (10/27), UC Santa Barbara (10/23), and UC Irvine (10/20).


One indication of the success sophomore goalkeeper Michael Abalos earned last season can be seen in the Matador record books as the San Juan Capistrano native earned a spot on four different lists with his numbers earned during his freshman season at Northridge. Abalos now shares tenth place with Louie Mata (1992-93) with his seven career victories, is fifth all-time with his 1.17 career goals against average, and is tied for ninth all-time with five career shutouts. His five clean sheets is also the seventh-highest number of shutouts earned in a season, tying him with Joe Barton (2001) and Mike Littman (1989).


With four additional victories, head coach Terry Davila will become the fifth coach in Big West history to win 100 game as a member of the conference. Even though Davila enters the 2010 season with 110 career wins to his credit, the first 14 were earned as member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. In 2001 the Matadors switched conference affiliation from the MPSF to the Big West, since then Davila's teams have compiled a 96-55-30 overall record (.613 pct.). With his first victory over a conference opponent in 2010 Davila will also become just the third head coach to win 50 or more conference games.


The 2010 Cal State Northridge men's soccer team received 27 points and were picked to finish fourth in the 2010 Big West Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches poll as announced by the league office in mid-August. Northridge was narrowly edged out by Cal Poly as the Mustangs earned 28 points to claim third place by a slim one point margin. Finishing in second place with 43 total points and one first place vote was UC Irvine, with UC Santa Barbara leading the way with 48 points and six first place votes. Cal State Fullerton's 22 points were enough to secure fifth place, with UC Davis and UC Riverside rounding out the poll in sixth and seventh place respectively with 17 and 11 points. This is the third straight season that Northridge was predicted to finish in fourth place; last season CSUN received 32 overall and one first place point en route to a 10-8-2 overall record, clinching a spot in the 2009 Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Tournament.