NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Matadors Determined to Keep Up Strong Start
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-0) welcomes Baylor University and Fresno State to the San Fernando Valley for a pair of non-conference contests at Matador Soccer Field. On Friday, Aug. 24 the Matadors will meet the newly 24th-ranked Bears in a 7 p.m. rematch of a 1-0 Baylor victory in Waco, Texas last season. Two days later, CSUN renews acquaintances with the Bulldogs of Fresno State at 1 p.m.
Last week, CSUN got out to a strong start in the 2012 season with victories over Arizona State and San Diego. Against the Sun Devils, Stephanie Galarze scored the game's only goal in the 10th minute of action and Cynthia Jacobo made five saves as the Matadors recorded their first win over a Pac-12 opponent since the 1999 season.
Two days later, Northridge posted an impressive 3-0 victory at San Diego, the program's first win at the home of Toreros in school history. Amanda Smith and Wendy Warner scored the first goals of their CSUN careers and Galarze added her second score of the weekend in the victory.
For their efforts, Galarze and Jacobo were recognized by the Big West Conference, receiving Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively. Fellow senior Stephanie Norton had two assists at San Diego and was named the College Sports Madness Big West Player of the Week and to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Players of the Week.
This week, the schedule does not get any lighter for the Matadors. Baylor comes in 2-0 and has entered the NSCAA rankings at 24 after posting wins over Rice and Northwestern State. Alex Klein leads the squad with two goals and in goal, Michelle Kloss has started both matches and not conceded a goal in over 158 minutes.
On Sunday, Fresno State arrives carrying a 4-3 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. The team recorded a 2-1 loss to UC Davis and a 1-1 tie with San Francisco in its first two games of the season. Senior Callie Hancock has both goals thus far for the Bulldogs, who host No. 5 UCLA on Aug. 24 before heading to Matador Soccer Field.
Next week, CSUN plays just once before the Labor Day Holiday. The Matadors host the Michigan Wolverines at Matador Soccer Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The following week, the five-match homestand concludes with visits from Tennessee (Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.) and USC (Sunday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.)
Jacobo & Myers
Senior Cynthia Jacobo earned Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping lead CSUN to a pair of shutout victories in the 2012 season's opening weekend. Against ASU, Jacobo made five saves as the Matadors recorded their first win over a Pac-12 opponent since 1999. Two days later, Jacobo had four stops as CSUN posted a 3-0 victory at San Diego. She was named to the Preseason All-Big West Team by the league's coaches prior to the start of the 2012 season. In 2011, Jacobo earned Big West Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Big West First Team honors after posting another spectacular season for the Matadors. In her junior season, Jacobo posted a 6-10-2 overall record, 60 saves, four shutouts and a 1.47 goals-against-average. In Big West play, she went 4-3-1 with one shutout, 32 saves and a 1.41 GAA. Jacobo earned two Big West Defensive Player of the Week awards and received All-Big West honors for the third-straight year. For her career, Jacobo ranks second in school history with 24 wins, second with 18 career shutouts and fourth with 185 career saves. Jacobo appears to save her best for the conference portion of the schedule, carrying a 14-6-1 (.690) record with 12 shutouts against league opposition in the regular season.
Stephanie's Senior Season Celebration
Senior Stephanie Galarze earned Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring a pair of goals in CSUN's two victories during the opening weekend of the 2012 season. In the season-opener against Arizona State, Galarze chipped a ball past the Sun Devil goalkeeper for her second career goal and second career game-winning strike. Two days later, Galarze capped off a 3-0 victory at San Diego with the game's third goal. She leads the Matadors with four points on the season and is tied for the Big West lead with her two tallies.
Fernandez Finds Finishing Form
Senior Melissa Fernandez picked up a pair of assists in the Matadors' first two contests of 2012, moving her into a tie for second in school history. She earned All-Big West Conference Second Team honors in 2011 after finishing with a career-high four goals and 12 points. In her junior season, Fernandez had a career-high 12 points and she led the team with 53 shots, a total that ranked third in school history for a single season. She also stands at 109 career shots, the sixth-most in school history.
Junior Amanda Smith scored her first career goal, which stood as the game winner, in the Matadors' 3-0 victory at San Diego. Off a feed from Stephanie Norton, Smith chipped the ball over the Torero goalkeeper in the 18th minute. In 2011, she tied for the team lead with four assists.. For her career, Smith now has a goal, six assists and eight points. Her sister is No. 23 Amilee Smith, a sophomore midfielder.
One of these Days Norton ...
Senior Stephanie Norton had a pair of assists in the Matadors' two victories during the opening weekend of the 2012 season, earning College Sports Madness Big West Conference Player of the Week honors. She was also named one of the CollegeSoccer360.com Week-1 Primetime Players for her efforts. Both helpers came in Northridge's first-ever victory at San Diego. She assisted on Amanda Smith's goal in the 18th minute and then again on Wendy Warner's first career goal in the 34th minute. She now has four career assists after picking up two helpers in the 2011 season.
Wendy Provides Food for Thought
Junior Wendy Warner scored the first goal of her Northridge career in the Matadors' 3-0 victory at San Diego. Off a corner kick from Stephanie Norton, Warner headed the ball home in the early seconds of the 34th minute of the match. Primarily a defender in her first two seasons at Northridge, Warner has seen her time at forward in both matches in 2012 thus far and has three shots on the season.
Russ to the Rescue
Senior Katie Russ was named to the Preseason All-Big West Team by the league's coaches prior to the start of the 2012 season. In 2011, Russ earned All-Big West Second Team honors after anchoring the Matadors' defensive line for the third-straight season. Russ picked up her first assist of the season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Long Beach State. Russ then scored her first goal of the season and second of her career in the Matadors' victory at LMU.
It's Miller Time
Senior Marisa Miller found the back of the net in CSUN's exhibition at LMU when she buried a cross from Amanda Smith. A team captain in 2012, Miller scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the Matadors' 3-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield near the end of the 2011 campaign. In her junior season, Miller appeared in 14 matches while recording seven shots and one assist. The assist, the second helper of her career, came in the Matadors' victory over Princeton.
Senior Nicole Cruz made a triumphant return to the pitch in 2011. After sitting out the 2010 season, Cruz had not appeared in any matches until being called upon as a substitute in the first half against LMU. Against the Lions, she tallied her first career goal and then followed it up with the game-winning strike in CSUN's 1-0 victory over UCSB. Cruz finished the season with 11 shots, putting five on goal.
We Need a Yuki-Hiro
Senior Jessa Yukihiro had two goals in her junior season at CSUN. She tallied her second goal of the 2011 season in the Matadors' victory over CSU Bakersfield. She scored her first goal as a Matador in CSUN's 3-1 victory at UC Davis. After picking up the ball on a breakaway, Yukihiro was tackled from behind and earned a free kick from roughly 20 yards clear of the frame. She then ripped the ball into the upper left corner of the net. For the year, Yukihiro finished with six shots on goal.
Old McDaniel Had a Farm
Junior Chloe McDaniel will be counted upon once again to play a prominent role for the Matadors. In 2011, McDaniel posted her first career goal and assist as she appeared in all 19 matches for the Matadors. Her first career goal came in a 2-2 draw at Purdue and her assist helped CSUN topple Long Beach State.
Junior Haley Chee scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the Matadors' 3-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield in 2011. With roughly six minutes left before halftime, Chee took a pass from Amanda Smith and sent a floating shot into the upper netting. For the season, Chee appeared in 13 matches and had two shots to go along with the goal.
Good Things come in Twos and Threes
The Matadors have put together quite a record when they score two goals, posting a 23-1-1 mark in those contests since the start of the 2008 season. That record includes the Matadors' 3-0 victory at San Diego on Aug. 19, the program's first-ever victory at the home of the Toreros. The only blemishes on the record are a 3-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 4, 2009 and a 2-2 draw with Purdue at the Boilermaker Challenge during the 2011 campaign. In fact, under Coach West, the Matadors are a perfect 16-0 when they score at least three goals in a match. CSUN's last loss when scoring at least three goals came at UC Davis on October 16, 2005.
Live By the Sword, Die by the Sword
Since the start of the 2009 season, Northridge has played in 36 matches, out of a total of 61 (59%), that were decided by one goal, owning a 20-16 (.556) mark in those contests. In fact, 26 (43% of all games played since 2009) have been 1-0 affairs in which CSUN owns a 16-10 (.615) mark. Among Big West schools, the 26 1-0 contests are six more than the next squad, UC Riverside, while Big West newcomer Hawai'i has played only 11 such contests since 2009.
Tickets for all home men's matches are available through the CSUN Associated Students Ticket Office. Adults are $8, while youth 17 and under and seniors 60 and older are $3. There is also a $3 discounted rate ticket for CSUN Faculty/Staff, Military Service Personnel and CSUN Alumni Association Members with their respective identification cards. CSUN students receive free admission to all home games with their CSUN I.D. Groups of 10 or more people may purchase $3 tickets, but tickets must be purchased a minimum of 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the A.S. Ticket Office at 818-677-2488.