NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Cal State Northridge senior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Matadors to a pair of hard-fought draws, the league office announced Monday. Against a nationally ranked Tennessee squad, Jacobo made 11 saves and held the Lady Vols off the scoreboard for the first time in 2012. Two nights later, Jacobo had a career-high 15 stops, one shy of the school record, as CSUN battled to a 1-1 draw with USC.
A near permanent fixture in the Matadors' line-up since arriving on campus in 2009, Jacobo withstood a barrage of offensive attacks this wekeend as CSUN improved to 3-1-3 on the season. The Lady Vols fired off a total of 26 shots in the contest and also had 11 corner kicks that Jacobo and her defense sucessfully defended.
Against the Trojans, Jacobo dealt with 24 shots and made 15 stops as the Matadors secured a tie with one of their local rivals. USC added nine corner kicks and the one goal Jacobo surrendered on the weekend was her first in over 309 minutes of action.
For the season, Jacobo sports 49 saves, a .925 save percentage, a 0.52 goals-against-average and four shutouts. She ranks second in school history with 25 career wins and 20 career shutouts.
Her position coach, Juan Plascencia, who played goalkeeper for the CSUN men's program, continues to be amazed by Jacobo's productivity.
"Cynthia always gives us a chance and her play gives us confidence throughout the team," Plascencia said. "She made several big stops over the weekend and both opposing coaches shared some nice sentiments with me about her play."
The award is also a reflection of the work put in by the defense in front of her, Plascencia added. Katie Russ, Chloe McDaniel and Stephanie Norton played all 220 minutes over the weekend and Leandra Walker logged substantial time on the back line as well.
This is the second time in the 2012 season Jacobo has received the award. She also earned the honors following a pair of shutout victories over ASU and San Diego during the season's opening weekend.
Jacobo and the Matadors return to action with a road contest at San Diego on Sept. 21. The next home match for CSUN is against San Diego on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field.