NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (7-4-5, 4-1-1 Big West) defeated Pacific 6-1 Friday evening in a Big West conference match at Matador Soccer Field. Senior Melissa Fernandez had two goals and four other Matadors found the back of the net as CSUN posted its most goals in a contest since the 2006 season.
With the race for seeding in the Big West Tournament coming into the final stretch, CSUN put together an offensive showcase Friday night in defeating Pacific. Northridge scored five times on 12 shots in the opening half and put the game out of reach quickly.
The Matadors' first goal of the evening came off a corner kick in the sixth minute. Leandra Walker sent in a low cross to the near post that Chloe McDaniel redirected past the Tiger goalkeeper for her second goal of the season and third of her career.
Northridge doubled its lead roughly five minutes later as Fernandez struck for her first of the night. Working a nifty give-and-go with Brittanie Sakajian, Fernadnez bent a left-footed shot inside the far post for her fourth goal of the season.
Exactly four minutes later, Stephanie Galarze collected her fourth goal of the year. She buried a shot off a throw in from Stephanie Norton and a pass from Sakajian. The assist was Norton's fifth of the season, tying her for the team lead, while Sakajian now has four assists on the year.
Just 26 seconds later, Fernandez scored her second of the evening. Following a turnover off the kickoff, she raced down the wing and blasted a ball that deflected off a Tiger defender and into the net.
For Fernandez, the two goals give her a career-high five for the season and 10 for her career. She became just the third Matador since the 2007 season to record two goals in a single contest.
The Matadors' capped off the first half with a fifth goal in the 43rd minute. Nicole Cruz slid a through ball that Jessa Yukihiro collected and beat the Pacific goalkeeper. The goal was Yukihiro's first of the season and third of her career.
The sixth and final goal for CSUN came courtesy of a penalty kick. Cori Deason calmly knocked it in the 60th minute for her second goal of the season.
Pacific spoiled CSUN's bid for a shutout in the 70th minute as Kayla Villalpando scored on a rebound.
In net, senior Cynthia Jacobo started the contest and made two saves in the first half to collect the 29th victory of her career and tie the school record. In the second half, Cynthia Tafoya made six saves for the Matadors.
The two teams combined for 24 fouls and one yellow card. Pacific out-shot the Matadors 22-19 for the contest.
Northridge closes out its regular season home schedule with a 1 p.m. contest against UC Davis. Before the match, the Matadors will honor the nine seniors participating in their final regular season home match.