The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-6-1) lost 1-0 in overtime to No. 25 Portland in a non-conference match at Matador Soccer Field Sunday afternoon. After going the full 90 minutes without a goal, the Pilots capitalized on a CSUN turnover and ended the afternoon just 28 seconds into overtime.
It was a tough loss for the Matadors, who held a strong advantage in nearly every offensive category. Northridge out-shot Portland, 16-9, and forced Pilots' goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung into nine saves. Both Nicole Cruz and Marie Hirsch were denied on the doorstep and Melissa Fernandez also had several near-finishes.
But in the end, a turnover deep in the defensive zone early in the extra period undid the effort. Taylor Brooke pounced on the miscue on the right-side of the 18-yard box and slid a pass to Amanda Frisbie, who buried it into the far post for the game winner at 90:28.
Cynthia Jacobo made two saves in net and also got the benefit of a team save in the first half. Portland's Rebekah Kurle looked to have a sure goal off a corner kick in the first half only to have the Matadors clear the goal line near the back post.
The defeat marked the fourth time this year that CSUN has been on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision. Since the start of the 2009 season, the Matadors are 12-10 in 1-0 contests and are now an even 16-16 in one-goal matches.
Both teams finished with three corner kicks and 10 fouls in the match. Chloe McDaniel saw the yellow in the first half and Lorielle McCluskie was cautioned in the second half.
The Matadors return to action Friday, Sept. 30 in their Big West Conference opener, a 7 p.m. match at Pacific. Two days later, CSUN travels to face UC Davis for a 1 p.m. affair.