Matadors Record 3-0 Shutout Over San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Fresh off of a shutout on Friday night over Arizona State, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-0) again kept the opposition from scoring with a 3-0 win over the University of San Diego Toreros (0-2) on Sunday afternoon. Three different Matadors scored and defender Stephanie Norton tallied two assists to lead Northridge to its second consecutive victory and first ever at Torero Stadium.
Junior midfielder Amanda Smith got the Matadors on the scoreboard early with a goal in the 18th minute. Norton served a cross in to Smith, who chipped the ball past the goalkeeper for the first goal of her Northridge career.
Norton was part of another CSUN goal in the 34th minute as the Matadors were able to double the score before the half was through. Taking a corner kick, Norton sent a ball into the area and Wendy Warner tucked it in for her first career goal as well.
Northridge was able to extend its lead to three goals early in the second half on a breakaway opportunity in the 49th minute. Melissa Fernandez and Stephanie Galarze went on a two-on-one attack against the Torero goalkeeper with Galarze receiving a short cross from Fernandez and shooting into the lower right corner of the net for the goal.
It was Galarze's second goal of the season and fourth of her career while Fernandez picked up her 12th career assist, good for second all-time in school history.
The defense for the Matadors buckled down and limited the Toreros to only three shots in the second half. Goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made four saves on the day to preserve her second clean sheet of 2012. The senior now has 24 career victories and 18 shutouts.
Cal State Northridge will return to Matador Soccer Field to begin a stretch of five consecutive home matches on Friday, August 24 against Baylor. Kickoff between the Matadors and Bears is scheduled for 7 p.m. and all CSUN faculty and staff with I.D. will receive free admission.