On The Road Again

Sept. 17, 2009

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Prego Italian Express Invitational - Hosted by SMU in Dallas, Texas

Friday, September 18: Matadors vs. Tulsa, 5:00 P.M. CT/3:00 P.M. PT (Prescott Field) - GameTracker        

Sunday, September 20: Matadors at SMU, 3:30 P.M. CT/1:30 P.M. PT (Prescott Field) - GameTracker


Friday, September 11 vs. Fairleigh-Dickinson, W, 2-0

Sunday, September 13 vs. Milwaukee, W, 2-1

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-1-0) begin their longest road trip of the season as one of four participants in the Prego Italian Express Invitational hosted by Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Having emerged as co-champions of the Matador Invitational last weekend, the Matadors look to earn back-to-back tournament championships before conference play begins at the end of the month.


Last Friday the Cal State Northridge Matadors welcomed the Cal State Fullerton Titans, Fairleigh-Dickinson Knights, and Milwaukee Panthers to Matador Field as participants in this year's Matador Invitational. In their first game of the tournament, the Matadors defeated the Knights by a score of 2-0 thanks to goals scored by Cameron Sims and Robert Pate. In their final game of the tournament, CSUN faced Milwaukee and quickly fell behind by a goal only two minutes into the match. The scored remained in the Panthers' favor until the second half when the Matador offense finally clicked; a goal scored by Sunghyun Kim on a penalty shot tied the score at one apiece, and Sims netted the game-winning shot in the 79th minute to complete a 2-1 Northridge come-from-behind victory. With their performance over the weekend, the Matadors finished the tournament as co-champions, sharing the title with the Titans who also finished the weekend undefeated.


Thanks to his two game-winning goals scored in both games played in the Matador Invitational, senior forward Cameron Sims was named Big West Conference Player of the Week. In total, the Ontario, Calif. native finished the week with four points on two goals, with six of his ten collective shots fired on-goal. Sims now leads his team in scoring with two goals, and is second in both shots (16) and shots on goal (9) taken this season, trailing teammate Sunghyun Kim by a slight margin in each respective category. Both he and Kim lead the team with four total points apiece. Sims is the first Matador since Robert Pate to earn the weekly honor, Pate earned his recognition for his efforts during games played on the week ending on October 1, 2007.


The Golden Hurricane are 2-2-1 in 2009 after splitting two games last weekend. Last Friday Tulsa defeated host Northern Illinois 1-0, but would fall on Sunday in overtime to #9-ranked Northwestern by a 3-2 score. Both losses for Tulsa this season have come at the hands of top ten ranked teams in Northwestern and #1-ranked Akron. Leading the charge for Tulsa this season is senior Jose Parada, who has three goals and six shots on goal through five games and has a goal in two straight games. Sophomore midfielder is second on the team in goals with two on the season. The Matadors and the Golden Hurricane have faced each other once, that game took place on August of 2001 with Northridge coming out on top 1-0.

Series History: Matadors trail 0-1

Home Record: 0-0-0, Away Record: 1-0-0, Neutral Record: 0-0-0
Last Away Meeting: 8/31/01 - Matadors 1, Tulsa 0


SMU is now 2-2-0 after splitting a pair of weekend match-ups. The Mustangs dropped a tight 1-0 game to the host Brown Bears on Friday, but rebounded two days later defeating Yale 3-2 on a late goal. Senior Dane Saintus currently leads the team with three goals after reaching the back of the net twice last Sunday and has the assist on the decisive goal in that contest. Paulo da Silva is second on the team in goals with two and he also has an assist. Sunday's match-up involving the Matadors and the Mustangs will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Series History: NONE


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.


Going into the season, the big question mark surrounding the team involved whomever was going to replace their previous record-setting goalkeeper. After three games the Matadors have found their answer in sophomore goalkeeper Brandon Ibarra. Spearheading CSUN's 3-1-0 start, Ibarra is tied for the league lead in goals against average (0.75), ranks second in save percentage (.857).


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 the first three seasons of his collegiate career. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif. has started in 53 of the 57 games he has competed in prior to this season, 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 2006 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. 


CSUN's inaugural home game of the 2009 season against Loyola Marymount on September 6 was the first of eight regular-season home games scheduled to take place. The game was the eleventh home-opener for the Matadors under the tutelage of head coach Terry Davila who increased his overall record to 8-3-0 in home openers with the 1-0 win over the Lions.


Last season, seniors Devin Deldo, Moy Gomez, and sophomore Rafael Garcia all missed a number of games due to injury. After each underwent grueling rehabilitation sessions throughout the off-season, all three student-athletes were directly involved on every goal scored by CSUN this season during their first three games (one exhibition, two regular season) played in 2009. In the Matadors' exhibition game against UNLV, Deldo ended up heading in the equalizing goal, while teammate Garcia netted the game-winning shot with just a few minutes left in regulation. Even though their goals will not count since they took place in an exhibition contest, the goal scored by Gomez in the Matadors' regular-season home-opener will go down in the record books as the first one scored by a Northridge player in 2009. 


In 2008, goalkeeper Brandon Ibarra served as a backup to the Big West Co-Goalkeeper of the Year. This season, Ibarra earned the starting spot as the Matadors' keeper, and in his second game as a member of the starting 11, the redshirt-sophomore picked up the first shutout of his career in front of his home fans in CSUN's 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount. After waiting an entire season to earn his first shutout of his career, Ibarra had to only wait five more days to pick up his second as he helped the Matadors earn their second won of the season in a 2-0 effort over Fairleigh-Dickinson.


In 2008, defenseman Matthew Chavez was the only true freshman to start a game for Coach Davila. Chavez played in 15 of the 17 matches, and was named to the starting line-up on ten of those 15 occasions. This season, freshman midfielder Rene Anguiano became the inaugural first-year player to earn a spot in the starting lineup against San Diego on the road and at home against both LMU and Fairleigh-Dickinson. Yuval Barak added his name to this exclusive list with his start in the Matadors' game against Milwaukee last Sunday. Although he redshirted the 2008 season, freshman Joe Franco has started in all four games this season for Northridge in what will be his debut season on the field.


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.


Even though the season is only four games deep, the Matadors have outshot and drawn a higher amount of corner kicks than their opponents. So far in 2009, Northridge holds a 73-51 advantage in shots, and five more corner kicks than their opponents combined (26-21). Last season, the Matadors possessed  8-2-0 record whenever they took more shots than their opponents, and a 5-3-0 record when they drew more corner kicks. So far this season, the Matadors are 3-1-0 when outshooting their opponents and 2-1-0 when possessing the advantage in corner kicks. 


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