August 30, 2012

Northridge Upends Michigan 1-0

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (3-1-1) defeated Michigan 1-0 Thursday night at Matador Soccer Field. Redshirt freshman Cori Deason collected a lob from senior Stephanie Norton and slipped it past the Wolverine goalkeeper in the 79th to give CSUN its first win in over a Big 10 Conference opponent in school history.

The match between the Matdors and Wolverines was a tight affair throughout the 90 minutes. Both teams rattled off quality chances that required difficult saves from the goalkeepers.

CSUN finally broke the deadlock in the 79th minute. Norton, who collected her team-leading third assist of the season on the play, lifted a ball over the top of the Michigan defense and to the feet of Deason. The Lakeside, Calif., native then one-timed the ball into the near-side netting for her first career goal.

Earlier in the half, Northridge goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made the save of the match by thwarting a one-on-one opportunity for the Wolverines. She finished the contest with three saves to earn her third shutout of the season and 19th of her career.

Her counterpart, Haley Kopmeyer, kept Michigan in the game by saving some quality chances, especially in the first half. Stephanie Galarze and Amanda Smith both saw good chances stopped by Kopmeyer, who finished with five saves in the contest.

For the game, Northridge finished with 14 shots to 12 for Michigan. The teams each had four corner kicks and Michigan was whistled for 13 fouls to 11 for the Matadors. Melissa Fernandez led all players with four shots in the contest.

Northridge returns to action on Friday, Sept. 7 with a home contest against Tennessee. Kickoff between the Matadors and Lady Volunteers is slated for 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field.

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