September 23, 2012

San Diego Downs Northridge 1-0

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (3-3-3) lost 1-0 to San Diego Sunday night in a non-conference contest at Matador Soccer Field. Kelley McCloskey headed home a cross from Lauren Dotson in the 51st minute for the game's only goal as the Toreros evened the season series with the Matadors.

CSUN and San Diego battled all night on a steamy evening in the San Fernando Valley. The two teams went into halftime scoreless, the sixth-straight contest in which Northridge has played the first 45 minutes to a 0-0 draw.

Early in the second half the Toreros broke through for the game's only goal. Dotson swung a cross from the right side of the 18-yard box that McCloskey headed past a diving Cynthia Jacobo. The goal was just the sixth CSUN has surrendered this season.

For the game, USD held a 17-11 advantage in shots. Jacobo finished with four saves in the contest and now stands at 3-3-3 on the season. She now stands at a 0.61 goals-against-average, 61 saves and a .910 save percentage on the season.

On offense, Brittanie Sakajian led the Matadors with three shots. Melissa Fernandez and Taylor Hobsoneach had two shots as well. San Diego's McKenna Tollack had to make four saves to earn the shutout victory.

San Diego held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks while Northridge had 11 fouls to the Toreros' eight. There were no cautions in the contest and just one offsides, which went against the Matadors.

The Matadors are now 21-19 in one-goal games and 17-12 in 1-0 contests since the start of the 2009 season.

Northridge returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 27 with a road contest at the University of Portland. Kickoff between the Matadors and Pilots is slated for 7 p.m.

CSUN's next home match will be on Sunday, Sept. 30 against the University of Hawai'i. The Matadors and Rainbow Wahine will meet in both team's Big West opener for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

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