Northridge Faces Conference Rivals At Matador Field Wednesday Afternoon
Oct. 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 29 vs UC Santa Barbara, 2:30 p.m. (Matador Field)
Saturday, November 1 at UC Riverside, 3:00 p.m. (UCR Soccer Stadium)
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK
Wednesday, October 22 at UC Davis, L, 3-2
Saturday, October 25 vs. Cal Poly, T, 0-0
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Coming off a 0-0 tie against Cal Poly last Saturday, the Matadors (6-5-4, 2-1-3 BWC) must now prepare to face their conference-rival UC Santa Barbara (9-4-2, 4-1-1 BWC) Gauchos Wednesday afternoon.
Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., all students with a valid CSUN ID can watch the match for free.
With only four games left in the season, each match carries additional weight as both teams continue to jockey for one of the four available spots in the inaugural Big West Postseason Tournament.
With nine points, the Matadors currently occupy fourth place in the Big West standings, only four points behind the second place Gauchos.
In their previous meeting on October 8th, the Matadors traveled to Santa Barbara, and left the campus with a 2-2 tie. Needing to come from behind to tie the match on two separate occasions, the result may not have been the desired outcome the team was looking for, but still was a result that was effective in enhancing the overall confidence level of the team.
In that match, six different starters were unavailable due to injury or suspension due to red cards received in the preceding game.
Returning to the line-up for the Matadors in the latest installment between the two teams are forwards Camilo Rojas (5g, 1a) and Cameron Sims (2g. 1a); with seven goals scored between the two, the Gauchos will need to worry about an additional number of offensive threats that can strike at a moments notice for the Matadors.
With the exception of Wake Forest, the #1-ranked team in the nation, the Matadors were able to fire the highest amount of shots of goal of any Gaucho opponent this season, and look to do the same on their own field this week.
With his 0.92 goals against average and .800 save percentage, Matador goalkeeper Kevin Guppy will play a key role in determining the eventual outcome of the game. In his previous game against the Gauchos, Guppy needed to make a number of tough saves to preserve the tie, and hopes to leave Matador Field victorious in what will be his final regular season match against the Gauchos.
Dylan Riley (0g, 4a), Robert Pate (0g, 5a), and the rest of the Matador defense will have their hands full once again as they will face a Gaucho offense responsible for scoring 31 goals so far this season.
Leading the way for the Gauchos with 12 of those goals is forward Chris Pontius. The more successful the Matador defense is in negating Pontius' offensive prowess, the greater a chance the team has in earning their seventh win of the season.
With the 2008 entering the home-stretch, the Matadors hit the road for their next two games. First up is a trip to UC Riverside to face the Highlanders this Saturday. With a win, the Matadors will extend their winning streak against the Highlanders to 14 games, and earn a season sweep over their conference counterparts. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.