October 17, 2012

CSUN Hosts Pacific, UC Davis in Regular Season Home Finale

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Matadors Continue March Towards Postseason against Tigers, Aggies

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (6-4-5, 3-1-1 Big West) hosts the University of the Pacific and UC Davis at Matador Soccer Field for its final two regular season home games of the 2012 season. On Oct. 19, CSUN faces the Tigers at 7 p.m. in Pacific's last match at Matador Soccer Field as a member of the Big West Conference. Two days later, the Aggies come calling to the San Fernando Valley for a 1 p.m. contest on Senior Day. The Matadors will honor their nine senior student-athletes participating in their final regular season home match prior to the start of the contest. 

Last week CSUN brought home four important road points as it played to a 2-2 draw at Cal Poly and scored a 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Against the Mustangs, Northridge rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind second-half goals from Hayley Greep and Stephanie Galarze. Two days later, Taylor Hobson scored her first career goal in the 84th minute as CSUN posted its first win at UCSB since 1999. 

On Friday, the Pacific Tigers come to Matador Soccer Field carrying a 3-10-1 overall record and a 0-4-1 mark in Big West play. Maricel Padilla leads the Tigers with five goals and 11 points while Zarette Munoz-Aguiar (2 G, 2 A) and Mirella Mattos (1 G, 4 A) each have six points. Katherine Larson and Tashia Long have seen nearly equal time in goal and Pacific carries a 2.15 goals-against-average into Friday's contest. 

Sunday brings UC Davis to Matador Soccer Field for a 1 p.m. matinée on Senior Day. The Aggies are 7-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the Big West Conference and play at Hawai'i on Oct. 19 before coming to CSUN. Ashley Edwards leads the team with five goals and 12 points while Sienna Drizin has four goals and Kiele Argente has three goals and three assists. Taylor Jern has played nearly every minute in goal for UCD and has a 0.97 GAA and .824 save percentage for the season. 

Next week, Northridge hits the road for a pair of conference matches. On Oct. 26 the Matadors face UC Irvine at Anteater Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Two days later, CSUN hits the I-405 again as it travels to George Allen Field for a 2 p.m. contest. 

Jacobo & Myers  

Senior Cynthia Jacobo is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, one of the most prestigious honors in NCAA Division I athletics. She is believed to be the first nominee in school history to make the initial list of candidates. Last week she made eight total saves as CSUN rallied for a 2-2 draw at Cal Poly and posted a 1-0 victory at UCSB. She earned her third Big West Defensive Player of the Week award in 2012 after helping lead CSUN to a draw at Portland and a 2-0 victory over Hawai'i in the Big West opener. The shutout over UCSB was the 22nd of Jacobo's career, moving her into the Big West's Career Top 10. She received her second weekly award after posting 26 saves in draws with Tennessee and USC. She topped an 11-save performance against the Lady Vols by finishing with 15 saves, one off the school record, in a 1-1 draw with USC. Jacobo also earned Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping lead CSUN to a pair of shutout victories in the 2012 season's opening weekend. Through 15 matches in 2012, she is 6-4-5 with a 0.64 goals-against-average, 86 saves and a .895 save percentage. For her career, Jacobo ranks second in school history with 28 wins, second with 22 career shutouts and third with 261 career saves. Jacobo appears to save her best for the conference portion of the schedule, carrying a 17-7-2 (.692) record with 14 shutouts against league opposition in the regular season.

Stephanie's Senior Season Celebration 

Senior Stephanie Galarze scored her third goal of the season in dramatic fashion, tapping in the game-tying goal at Cal Poly with two seconds left in regulation. She picked up her first assist of the season and third of her carer in the Matadors' 3-1 victory over UC Riverside. Earlier this season, she earned Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring a pair of goals in CSUN's two victories during the opening weekend of the 2012 season. In the season-opener against Arizona State, Galarze recorded her second career goal and second career game-winning strike. Galarze then capped off a 3-0 victory at San Diego with the game's third goal. She is second on the team with seven points on the season and has four goals, three assists and 11 points for her career.

Rookie Sensations

Freshmen Kendall Moskal, Hayley Greep and Taylor Hobson have all scored the first goal of their Matador careers since the start of Big West Conference play. Moskal found the netting first, scoring in CSUN's 3-1 victory over UC Riverside. In the 25th minute of action, she cleaned up a cross into a wide open net for what would be the game-winning goal. At Cal Poly, Greep scored minutes after halftime to draw the Matadors' within one goal in what turned into a 2-2 draw. Finally, Hobson scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute of action to give CSUN its first win at UCSB since the 1999 season. 

It's Miller Time

Senior Marisa Miller had two assists in the Matadors' 2-2 draw at Cal Poly. She picked up her first assist of the season on Melissa Fernandez's goal in CSUN's 1-1 draw with Fresno State. She now has five career assists and one goal in her Matador career, which came during the 2011 season. 

Old McDaniel Had a Farm 

Junior Chloe McDaniel recorded the game-winning assist in the Matadors' win at UCSB, setting up Taylor Hobson in the 84th minute of action. She scored her second career goal in the Matadors' 3-1 victory over UC Riverside, heading home a corner kick in the 36th minute of action. McDaniel has started all 15 matches in 2012 and has served as a team captain since the start of her sophomore campaign. She has two goals, two assists and six points in her career.

Fernandez Finds Finishing Form

Senior Melissa Fernandez recorded her second 3-point performance in three Big West games by finishing with a goal and an assist in the Matadors' win over UC Riverside. She also had a goal and an assist in the Matadors' 2-0 victory over Hawai'i, the team's first 3-point performance of the season. She now stands in second place in school history with 15 career helpers and has moved into sole possession of seventh in school history with 31 career points. Among Big West players in 2012, Fernandez ranks in the Top 10 in shots, assists and points. For her career, Fernandez has eight goals, 15 assists and 31 points. She also has 146 career shots, the most in school history. 

Tis The Deason

Redshirt freshman Cori Deason recorded her first career goal in dramatic fashion by helping lift CSUN to a 1-0 victory over Michigan. In the 79th minute of the contest, Deason collected a lob from Stephanie Norton and one-timed the ball past the Wolverine goalkeeper into the cage. She then added her first career assist on Chloe McDaniel's goal against UC Riverside. Thus far in 2012, she has appeared in 13 matches and has three points. 

Cruz Control

Senior Nicole Cruz scored her first goal of the season in the Matadors' 2-0 victory over Hawai'i. After Melissa Fernandez's shot was saved, Cruz buried the rebound into the open net for her third career strike. In 2011, Cruz tallied her the first two goals of her career, scoring at LMU and recording the game winner against UC Santa Barbara. 

One of these Days Norton ... 

Senior Stephanie Norton recorded her fourth assist of the season in the Matadors' 1-1 draw with USC. She added her third assist of the season, setting up Cori Deason's goal in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Michigan. With four helpers in 2012, Norton has already set a single-season career high and is tied for seventh in the conference. She picked up a pair of assists in the Matadors' two victories during the opening weekend of the 2012 season, earning College Sports Madness Big West Conference Player of the Week honors. She was also named one of the CollegeSoccer360.com Week-1 Primetime Players for her efforts. Both helpers came in Northridge's first-ever victory at San Diego. She now has six career assists after picking up two helpers in the 2011 season. 

Sister Act

Junior Amanda Smith picked up her first assist of the year in CSUN's 3-1 win over UC Riverside. She added her first career goal, which stood as the game winner, in the Matadors' 3-0 victory at San Diego. Smith chipped the ball over the Torero goalkeeper in the 18th minute. Smith has fired off 18 shots through 13 matches in 2012. For her career, Smith now has a goal, seven assists and nine points. Her sister is No. 23 Amilee Smith, a sophomore midfielder.

Sakajian's Saga

Sophomore Brittanie Sakajian picked up her second assist of the season in the Matadors' victory over Hawai'i. She recorded her first goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with USC, breaking a scoreless tie in the 71st minute. She headed home a cross from senior Stephanie Norton for her fifth career goal. Sakajian made a spirited return to the pitch in the Matadors' 1-1 draw with Fresno State, her first action with the squad in over a year. Against the Bulldogs, Sakajian not only earned the starting nod but picked up an assist on Melissa Fernandez's goal in the 52nd minute. Sakajian returns to the squad after missing all of the 2011 season with a knee injury. In her freshman season (2010), Sakajian recorded four goals, two assists and 10 points. 

Back to the Draw-ing Board

The Matadors' 2-2 draw at Cal Poly was the 12th overtime match CSUN has played in since the start of the 2009 season. In those 12 overtime contests, CSUN holds a 1-4-7 record. During the 2011 campaign, the Matadors recorded two draws (at Purdue and at Pacific) and the result with the Boilermakers was Northridge's first tie in 49 contests. The overtime losses were to Portland (2011), Santa Clara (2012), Cal State Fullerton (2012) and UC Irvine (2010) while the Matadors' last overtime victory came in a 1-0 decision over Kansas in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 10, 2010. 

Good Things come in Twos and Threes

The Matadors have put together quite a record when they score two goals, posting a 25-1-2 mark in those contests since the start of the 2008 season. That record includes the Matadors' 3-0 victory at San Diego, 2-0 win over Hawai'i and 3-1 triumph over UC Riverside. The only blemishes on the record are a 3-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 4, 2009 and a 2-2 draw with Purdue at the Boilermaker Challenge during the 2011 campaign. In fact, under Coach West, the Matadors are a perfect 17-0 when they score at least three goals in a match. CSUN's last loss when scoring at least three goals came at UC Davis on October 16, 2005. 

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

Since the start of the 2009 season, Northridge has played in 42 matches, out of a total of 72 (58%), that were decided by one goal, owning a 22-20 (.512) mark in those contests. In fact, 30 (43% of all games played since 2009) have been 1-0 affairs in which CSUN owns a 18-13 (.580) mark. Among Big West schools, the 31 1-0 contests are seven more than the next squad, UC Riverside, while Big West newcomer Hawai'i has played only 13 such contests since 2009. 

Follow Your Matadors Online

All home matches this season will include live stats coverage and selected matches will also feature a free audio broadcast on GoMatadors.com. For road contests related links to the game, including for any live stats, audio and video, will be posted before the match on the schedule page of GoMatadors.com. Fans are also encouraged to check the Cal State Northridge Athletics Department's official Twitter feed (@GoMatadors) for updates of matches in progress and news and notes throughout the week.

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