NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Cal State Northrige senior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo has been named a candidate for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, the premier award for senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I athletics. Jacobo, a four-year starter in net for the Matadors, is one of 30 women's soccer senior student-athlete finalists from which a final list of 10 will be selected by members of a national media panel.
This season, Jacobo has been instrumental in the Matadors' 3-1-3 start against a series of difficult opponents. She leads the Big West Conference with a 0.52 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage, figures that rank 21st and fourth, respectively, among all Division I goalkeepers as of Sept. 16.
She has already earned Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2012, the first time coming after a pair of shutout victories over Arizona State and San Diego. The second came after she made a total of 26 saves, including a career-high 15 vs. the Trojans, in draws with Tennessee and USC.
"I feel honored to have been put up for the award and feel lucky to be recognized," Jacobo said. "Being active in my community allows me to help those who are less fortunate. Whether it is providing meals or working on the soccer field, it is something I feel helps me grow and learn as a person."
Jacobo's rise to prominence with the Matadors has been meteoric. In 2009, she went from fourth-string goalkeeper to Big West Freshman of the Year after recording five-straight shutouts over league opponents to begin her career.
In 2011, she received Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors and was named to the All-Big West Conference First Team. In all, she has amassed 25 career wins and 20 career shutouts, both of which are the second-most in school history.
Her head coach throughout it all, Keith West, said it has been an honor to coach a student-athlete like Jacobo.
"Cynthia gives our team such confidence and brings a quality to what she does on the field and in the community," West said. "As a local product, it is beautiful to see her so engaged and active in her community. She is constantly volunteering and giving back in other ways and that makes it such an honor for her to represent our program. I am very proud of her."
Jacobo is one of two Big West seniors named to the pool of 30 candidates, joining Long Beach State's Alex Balcer.
The Matadors and Jacobo return to action on Friday, Sept. 21 with a match at Santa Clara. CSUN's next home contest is slated for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 against the University of San Diego Toreros.
For more information on the Senior CLASS Award, click here.