September 7, 2012

CSUN Plays No. 22 Tennessee to Scoreless Draw

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (3-1-2) played to a 0-0 draw with No. 22 Tennessee Friday night in a non-conference match at Matador Soccer Field. CSUN senior Cynthia Jacobo made a career-high 11 saves to help lead the Matadors to a hard-earned draw against the Lady Vols.

Friday's contest was a physical affair from the onset as both teams worked tirelessly to break through on the scoreline. The Matadors' two best chances of the match came from junior Amanda Smith.

Midway through the first half, she rang a shot off the crossbar and in the second half pushed a header just over the bar. Freshman Hayley Greep had two shots on goal in the contest as well. As a team, CSUN finished with 11 shots in the contest.

At the other end, Jacobo and the Matador defense repealed wave after wave of Tennessee attack. The Lady Vols finished with 26 shots and 11 corner kicks in the contest and Jacobo's 11 stops were two more than her previous career best. Three Matador defenders (Katie Russ, Chloe McDaniel and Stephanie Norton) played all 110 minutes of the contest.

The teams combined for 19 fouls and Tennessee was whistled twice for offsides. The match was Northridge's first ever agaisnt an opponent from the powerful Southeastern Conference.

Northridge returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 9, with a home contest agaisnt USC. Kickoff between the Trojans and Matadors is slated for 6:30 p.m. from Matador Soccer Field.