September 4, 2011

Matadors Power Past Princeton, 3-1

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (1-4) defeated Princeton, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Matador Soccer Field. Heidi Farran scored two goals and Brielle Slepicoff added a goal and an assist as the Matadors posted their first victory of the 2011 season.

Northridge pressed the attack all game on a hot afternoon in the San Fernando Valley. The team recorded a season-high 17 shots in the contest and forced four Princeton saves. Conversely, Princeton had eight shots on the day and only three in the opening 45 minutes.

Farran got the scoring started early, collecting her first goal of the season in the fifth minute. Melissa Fernandez started the play with a quick throw in to the feet of Marisa Miller, who then slid a cross along the ground for Farran to punish into the open net.

 

After hitting the post twice on consecutive shots, Farran finally doubled her total for the day in the 21st minute. After taking a pass from Slepicoff, she found herself alone in the middle of the field and rocketed a left foot past the Tigers' goalkeeper. Farran now has a team-high five points on the season and seven goals for her career.

Slepicoff added the third Matador goal of the day, working a nifty give-and-go with Amanda Smith in the 65th minute of action. The goal was the third of her career.

Princeton would spoil CSUN's hopes for a shutout in the waning moments of the match, scoring off a corner kick in the 85th minute of action. Otherwise, Northridge goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made two saves in picking up her first win of the season and 17th of her career.

The Matadors will look to keep the momentum going when they travel to Indiana to particpate in the Boilermaker Challenge on the campus of Purdue. At the event, CSUN will face the host Boilermakers (9/9) and square off against either Kansas or Dayton (9/11).