NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Matadors Face Pair of Local Rivals in Women of Troy, Toreros
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (0-2) remains on the road for its third and fourth matches of the 2013 season, facing a pair of local rivals in USC and San Diego. On Friday, Aug. 30, the Matadors and Women of Troy renew acquaintances for a 3 p.m. contest at McAllister Field. Two days later, CSUN travels south to face USD in its first of two matches with the Toreros this season. Kick off Sunday, Sept. 1 is slated for 12:30 p.m. from Torero Stadium. Links for live stats and a live video feed for both matches are available at GoMatadors.com. Fans are also encouraged to check with the CSUN Athletic Department's official Twitter account (@GoMatadors) for in-game updates throughout the weekend.
Last week, Northridge suffered shutout losses at Arizona State and UCLA. Against the Sun Devils, the Matadors forced five saves but could not find the back of the net. Two nights later, on the Pac-12 Network, the nationally ranked Bruins scored three times in the first half but CSUN held UCLA scoreless in the second half.
This week, Northridge sets its sights on USC and San Diego.
USC enters Friday's contest 2-0 after winning a pair of matches in San Diego in the season's opening weekend. USC posted a 4-1 victory against nationally ranked San Diego State and then recorded a 4-2 win over USD. Elizabeth Eddy had three goals over the two games while Tanya Samarzich and Kayla Mills had game-winning goals. In net, Caroline Stanley earned both victories and has a 0.54 goals-against-average in over 167 minutes of action. Although CSUN has never defeated USC in women's soccer, the Matadors posted a 1-1 draw last season at Matador Soccer Field.
A perennial opponent for CSUN, San Diego is 1-1 on the season after the opening weekend. The Toreros posted a 5-1 victory over San Jose State before falling 4-2 to USC. Michaela Dooley has three goals early in the season while Jacqueline Altschuld has two goals, including the game-winning strike against SJSU, early in the campaign. In net, Michelle Craft has played all 180 minutes thus far and has five saves on the year.
Next week, Northridge hosts Houston in its 2013 home opener. The match with the Cougars is part of a CSUN soccer doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 6. The CSUN men's side will play San Diego first at 5 p.m., and then be followed by the women's contest with Houston at approximately 7:30 p.m. There will also be a soccer fan fest going on from 4-7 p.m. on the adjoining intramural fields that is free for all fans to attend.
Following the contest with Houston, CSUN hits the road again. This trip will take the Matadors on their seemingly annual trip to the state of Texas. On Sunday, Sept. 8, CSUN travels to Lubbock to face the nationally ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kick off for the contest, the first ever between the two schools in women's soccer, is slated for 1 p.m. (CT) // 11 a.m. (PT).