Preston's First Career Goal Sends CSUN Past LMU, 2-1

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Sophomore Lyndsey Preston broke a 1-1 tie in the 72nd minute with her first career goal to send the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-6) to a 2-1 victory over LMU Friday night at Matador Soccer Field. Brittanie Sakajian had the other Matador goal while Taylor Hobson, Leandra Walker and Camille Watson all registered assists as CSUN posted its third-straight win over the visiting Lions.

Preston collected a through ball from Watson and used her left foot to find the side netting for her first career goal. The assist was the first of Watson's career as well. Preston finished the match with a team-high four shots.

The tally came roughly 17 minutes after LMU tied the contest on a strike from Jocelyn Blankeship. She pounced on a CSUN turnover and sent a 25-yard rocket past a diving Cynthia Tafoya.

In the first half, CSUN started out strongly and got a goal in the fourth minute of action. Making a long run from her left back position, Walker sent a shot off the near post. The rebound fell to the feet of Hobson, who then slid the ball to Sakajian for her third goal of the season.

Walker picked up her team-leading third assist of the season on the play while Hobson now has two helpers on the year. For Sakajian, the goal was the eighth of her career.

Following Preston's goal, LMU pressed in search of a tying goal. Tafoya, who posted two saves to earn her fifth win of the season, made a fully extended stop around the 80th minute to preserve the Matador victory.

There were no yellow cards in the contest and the teams combined for just 13 fouls. Both sides had three corner kicks and CSUN held an 18-13 advantage in shots.

With the victory, CSUN improved to 22-11-3 (.691) in matches at Matador Soccer Field since the installation of lights prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Next week, CSUN opens Big West Conference play with a pair of road contests. The Matadors open the league campaign at UC Riverside on Oct. 4 and then faces Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 6. Both matches are slated for a 6 p.m. start.