Matadors Place Three on NSCAA All-West Region Team
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Seniors Cynthia Jacobo and Melissa Fernandez and junior Chloe McDaniel received NSCAA All-West Region honors Tuesday morning. Jacobo, the two-time Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, became the first Matador in school history to receive First Team All-West Region Honors while Fernandez (Second Team) and McDaniel (Third Team) added to CSUN's record haul.
The Matadors' three-member class on the NSCAA All-West Region Team is Northridge's highest total for a single season. The awards also come on the heels of the most successful season in school history, a campaign that saw the Matadors earn their first berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Jacobo earned the honors following a four-year career in which she rewrote the school record book. In 2012, Jacobo finished 11-5-6 with a 0.58 goals-against-average, 106 saves, an .891 save percentage and 11 shutouts. During the season, she set the school record for career victories (33), career shutouts (27), career minutes (6,058:07) and career GAA (0.94).
"It feels awesome to receive this recognition," Jacobo said. "This was a special year and I am thankful that we were able to finish the season so strongly."
Among all players in Big West Conference history, Jacobo recorded the seventh-most saves (282), the fourth-most shutouts and the seventh-most minutes in goal. In terms of single-season accomplishments, Jacobo's 11 shutouts tied for the second-most in league history while her 0.58 GAA was the third-best.
In the final release of 2012 NCAA stats, Jacobo finished third in the nation in save percentage, 15th in GAA, 39th in total saves (106) and 17th in minutes played. She had a career-high 15 stops in the Matadaors' 1-1 draw with USC.
"We are very proud of all that Cynthia has accomplished both on the field and in the classroom in her time at CSUN," Matador head coach Keith West said. "She has developed into one of the top goalkeepers in the nation and this reward is fitting for a remarkable season and career."
Fernandez also enjoyed a stellar senior season for CSUN, earning All-Big West First Team honors as well. The midfielder received NSCAA All-West Region Second Team honors after posting eight goals, five assists and 21 points. Her final goal of the season could not have been more dramatic as the overtime winner crowned Northridge the Big West Champions and propelled the team to its first NCAA Tournament berth.
"I want to thank my teammates, coaches and everyone involved with CSUN soccer for this award," Fernandez said. "I would not have been able to accomplish any of this without their help and support."
Like Jacobo, Fernandez etched her name into the school's record books with a remarkable career. She finished sixth in school history with 13 career goals, second with 15 career assists and fifth with 41 career points. Her eight strikes in 2012 were one of short of tying the school record for a single season and she earned Big West Tournament MVP honors after scoring in both contests at the event.
"Melissa had an outstanding year and was our most dangerous player in the field all season," West said. "She brought great speed and tenacity to every match and was an offensive catalyst for the program this season and throughout her career."
McDaniel capped off the Matadors' All-Region selections by earning a Third Team award. The 2012 Big West Defensive Player of the Year, McDaniel anchored a stifling CSUN defense that allowed only 15 goals in over 2,120 minutes. As a team, CSUN finished 16th in the nation in GAA (0.636), 27th in shutout percentage (0.5) and second in save percentage (.886).
"This is an unexpected reward to cap off a great season," McDaniel said. "I would not have been able to receive this award were it not for the effort of the team. I think we really brought out the best in each other this season and the results on the field showed that."
A team captain, McDaniel also got forward from her center back position to score a career-high two goals and add an assist. She started all 21 matches for the Matadors and will look to continue to lead the Matadors in 2013.
"Chloe has been the ultimate team leader and a stalwart defensively for our squad," West added. "She is a tenacious competitor who makes those around her better with her attitude and effort."