October 13, 2012

CSUN Rallies for 2-2 Draw at Cal Poly

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-4-5, 2-1-1 Big West) played to a 2-2 draw at host Cal Poly Friday night at Alex G. Spanos Stadlium in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Trailing 2-0 after six minutes of play, the Matadors mounted a rousing comeback that culminated in Stephanie Galarze's game-tying goal with two seconds left in regulation.

Northridge found itself in a stunning 2-0 hole just six minutes into the contest. The Mustangs' Sara Lancaster and Cici Kobinski each beat the Matador defense to stake the early lead on their home turf.

With the score remaining the same after 45 minutes, the Matadors came out with much better energy and determination in the second half. That effort eventually led to Hayley Greep's first career goal, which came in the 55th minute of action.

Marisa Miller set the play up with a shot that the Cal Poly goalkeeper, Alyssa Giannetti, could not handle and Greep knocked in the rebound.

The Matadors continued to press for the equalizer and forced Giannetti into several saves. Brittanie Sakajian had four shots for the match and put three on goal that had to be saved.

Finally, in the last moments of regulation, the Matadors sent a frantic long ball into the Mustangs' penalty area. Miller fired off a shot that Giannetti saved but could not control, and that set up Galarze to finish off the play with just two seconds remaining.

"We started the play on a long ball and I knew I just had to keep going forward," Galarze said. "I found some space in the area and didn't really see who got the shot off. It took a great deflection and I was able to put it away."

The goal was Galarze's third of the season and fourth of her career. Miller's two assists raise her season total to three and her career total to four.

In the two overtime periods, neither team was able to find a winner. CSUN came close when Hannah Wissler missed a chance in the second overtime frame from roughly 35 yards clear of the goal.

In net, Cynthia Jacobo made three saves for the Matadors. She is now 5-4-5 on the season with a 0.68 goals-against-average and .889 save percentage.

Matador head coach Keith West was proud of his team's efforts.

"Being down 2-0 on the road is a tough slate for any team, but I am proud of our team's resiliency and determination," West said.

The Matadors out-shot the Mustangs, 28-16, for the contest and forced 10 saves from Giannetti. Friday's performance marked just the second time that has CSUN has allowed two goals in the 2012 season.

With five draws in 2012, CSUN has tied the school record for most ties in a season and matched the 2000 squad's efforts. The Matadors are now 25-1-2 when scoring at least two goals since the start of the 2008 season.

CSUN returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 14 with a game at UC Santa Barbara. The Matadors and Gauchos are slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.