Sept. 17, 2008
Sunday, Sept. 21 vs. Sacramento State, 2:30 p.m. (Matador Field)
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - It has been three weeks since the Matadors (3-3-0) last played a game on their home field, and the timing could not be any better as the teams looks to snap their two-game losing streak against an unbeaten Sacramento State Hornet (5-0-1) squad that is making their first trip to Matador Field in eight years.
Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Fresh from their championship-winning performance in Fullerton, the Matadors traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to participate in the 35th Annual Panther Classic, their final tournament of the season last weekend.
On paper, most people would think that the Matadors emerged victorious as they out-shot their opponents by a combined 37-22, and had nearly twice as many (14-8) shots on goal.
Unfortunately for the Matadors, not one of those shots were able to find the back of the net, as they lost to Wisconsin last Friday 2-0, and were defeated by the host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 1-0 on a rain-soaked field last Sunday.
"We played well last weekend, but we were not able to put away any of our easy chances. We played well offensively and created a number of scoring opportunities, we just were not able to find the net," stated Matadors defender Chad Borak.
Borak was one of two Matadors who were named to the All-Tournament Team, joining teammate Kevin Guppy who played his 66th career match in goal against the Panthers, and set a new Matador record.
Looking to end their current two-game skid, the Matadors will face a team that is off to their best start in school history, as the Hornets travel to Northridge to play their first road game of the season.
Hornets forward Blake Nunez will be the focus of the Matador's backline as he leads his team with three goals, 32 shots, and 13 shots on goal, statistics that comprise of over one-third of his team's total in each of those categories.
This is the second of four games this season against teams from the Big West for the Hornets as they faced UC Irvine in tournament play two weeks ago. The lone goal that the Hornets have allowed this season came from that game, a contest that ended in a 1-1 tie.
Just like Irvine did just a couple of weeks ago, the Matadors want to contain the Hornets offensive trio of Nunes, Adam and Chris Bettencourt, and pressure the Hornets defense all game long. But unlike their conference brethren, the Matadors look to emerge from Matador Field with a different result and snap their opponent's current winning streak in the process.
"Sacramento is undefeated right now, but even though we are a .500 team, I like our chances this weekend based upon the way we played in Milwaukee last weekend." echoed Borak.
On September 28th the Matadors will travel to Westwood to take on the UCLA Bruins in a matinee game at Drake Field. These two teams met last season at Matador Field, as the Matadors upset the nationally-ranked Bruins 3-0, in what was the marquee game for the Matadors last season. Matador fans that are traveling to this year's game can purchase their tickets for $7 at the Drake Stadium Box Office, and are encouraged to park in lots 4, 6, or 7, as these are the closest parking locations to the facility. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK
Friday, September 12 vs. Wisconsin, L, 2-0
Sunday, September 14 vs. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, L 1-0