September 30, 2011

Matadors Rally for 1-1 Draw at Pacific

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-6-2, 0-0-1) recorded a 1-1 draw against Pacific at Stagg Memorial Stadium in both teams' Big West Conference opener. Senior Heidi Farran scored the game-tying goal in the 83rd minute to give the Matadors an important road point.

With the Matadors trailing 1-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining, Farran collected a cross from Brielle Slepicoff and punched the ball past Pacific goalkepper Tashia Long and into the roof of the goal.

"The play happened very fast and I ran through a player to collect Brielle's pass," Farran said. "Once it went in, it was almost too overwhelming. I saw Chloe (McDaniel) and she looked like she was crying and I almost started myself. This was a big point for us."

Both teams exchanged chances in overtime, but neither could find the back of the net. Pacific thought it had ended the first overtime session with a goal in the closing seconds, but it was waved off due to an offsides call.

For Farran, the goal was her team-leading fourth of the season and gives her nine for her career, tying her with two former Matadors for ninth in school history. The helper was Slepicoff's second of the season.

Northridge also got an outstanding performance in goal from Cynthia Jacobo. The junior made a season-high seven saves in the contest, including several lunging stops that left the Tigers in disbelief.

Jacobo now has 145 saves for her career, moving her past Leah Elliott for fourth in school history. For the season, she has a 1.39 goals-against-average, 29 saves and a .674 save percentage.

"We really wanted this game and fought until the final moments to secure the point," Jacobo said.

The game was a tight affair with both teams finishing with 14 shots. Pacific opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a Alex Topp header. Northridge finished with a season-high 17 fouls and Slepicoff, Chloe McDaniel and the Matador bench all were cautioned during the match.

"I am very proud of this team and their effort tonight," CSUN head coach Keith West said. "This is a tough place to play, but we never gave up and I am just so proud of our effort."

The Matadors will look to keep the momentum going Sunday when they face UC Davis. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

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