NORTHRIDGE, CALIF. ---
After winning its first-ever Big West Championship, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer program (11-4-6) will take on future Big West Conference rival San Diego State in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Matadors and Aztecs will meet on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at The Sports Deck on the campus of San Diego State.
Fresh off their thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament Championship, the Matadors gathered as squad to watch the selection show air on NCAA.com. The team exhaled to loud applause when it saw its name appear on screen in the meeting with the Aztecs.
"We are excited to be playing in our first-ever NCAA Tournamnet and look forward to the challenge that Saturday will present," CSUN head coach Keith West said.
San Diego State, which currently competes in the Mountain West Conference, will join the Big West Conference in all sports except football starting in the 2013-14 academic year.
The Matadors and Aztecs have met in women's soccer a total of seven times since the 1996 season. CSUN has won the past three meetings with SDSU, including a 3-1 victory in San Diego on Aug. 23, 2009. San Diego State's last victory in the series came at Matador Soccer Field in a 3-2 decision on Sept. 24, 2004.
Northridge enters Saturday's contest with an 11-4-6 overall record. The Matadors rank first in the nation in team save percentage (.906) and seventh in team goals-against-average (0.53).
San Diego State is 19-1-1 on the season, which translates to the best winning percentage in all of Division I. The Aztecs rank sixth nationally in team GAA (0.51) and 29th in team save percentage (.845).