NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- In helping lead Northridge to a 1-0 Big West Conference victory over Long Beach State last week, Cal State Northridge women's soccer junior Cynthia Jacobo was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week. Against the 49ers, Jacobo made three saves as the Matadors' earned a crucial three points in the conference standings.
In a match-up of two of the top three teams in the Big West, Northridge posted a 1-0 victory on a goal in the 89th minute. That they got to that point without allowing a goal from a vaunted Long Beach State offense is due in large part to Jacobo and her defense.
The 49ers finished the 90 minutes with a CSUN opponent season-low seven shots. Dangerous on set pieces, Long Beach State also had four corners during the contest that Jacobo had to defend.
"It feels great to receive the award. We played really hard throughout the game and it was a lot of dedication and work by the team that helped us get the result," Jacobo said.
Playing just in front of Jacobo, the Matadors' backline of Katie Russ, Chloe McDaniel, Shannon Ward and Stephanie Norton certainly share in the award. All four played all 90 minutes of the match against the 49ers and stopped numerous attacks before Jacobo could ever get involved.
"Those four, and all of the defense, deserve as much credit as I do because they are out there sacrificing their bodies on every single play," Jacobo added.
In fact, McDaniel and Russ earned assists on Heidi Farran's game-winning goal in the 89th minute. McDaniel started the play with a long throw-in near the Matador bench and Russ then headed the ball back toward the center of the net where Farran cleaned it up with her left foot.
For the season, Jacobo is 5-7-2 with 44 saves, a .721 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against-average. In CSUN's five league matches, she owns a 0.77 GAA and has an .846 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.
Jacobo also received Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 3 after helping lead the Matadors to four road points on the league's opening weekend.
She and the Matadors return to action twice this week. Thursday, CSUN heads to Orange County to face Cal State Fullerton at Titan Stadium at 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, Oct. 23, Northridge welcomes in league-leading UC Irvine to Matador Soccer Field for a 7 p.m. contest.