Midwestern Match-ups in Store for Matadors’ 2014 Opening Weekend
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
CSUN Opens 2014 Campaign with Matches at Michigan, Toledo
The CSUN women's soccer opens the 2014 season with a pair of road matches. The Matadors officially open the season with a match at No. 7 Michigan on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) / 4:30 p.m. (PT). Two days later, CSUN heads to Toledo to face the Rockets on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. (ET) / 10 a.m. (PT). Both matches will feature live stats and fans are also encouraged to check with the CSUN Athletic Department's official Twitter account (@GoMatadors) for in-game updates throughout the weekend.
The Matadors are hungry to get out on the pitch and erase the memories of a rocky 2013 season. Overall, CSUN finished 6-12-1 a year ago and placed ninth in the Big West Conference. However, this year's team features 18 returning letterwinners, seven starters and the team's leading scorers from last year. The solid mix of veteran leadership and experience coupled with a healthy mix of redshirt and true freshman have the squad excited for the 2014 season.
The team figures to be tested from the onset in 2014. Michigan carries the No. 7 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll after finishing 18-4-1 overall and reaching the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Wolverines lost a stuffed seven-member senior class from 2013 that accounted for 27 goals. This year, Michigan features 11 freshmen on the roster and was picked fifth in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll. CSUN handed Michigan a 1-0 defeat in Northridge during the 2012 season, the only time the two teams have met in women's soccer.
On Sunday, Aug. 24, the Matadors will meet the Toledo Rockets for the first time in women's soccer. Toledo also finished 6-12-1 overall last year and posted a 3-7-1 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets return their second-leading scorer and their main goalkeeper from a year ago and were picked to finish fifth in the Western Division of the MAC in the 2014 Coaches Preseason Poll. The last time CSUN faced a MAC opponent, the Matadors lost 1-0 to Kent State at a tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. That is only time CSUN has ever faced a MAC opponent.
Upon returning from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio, the Matadors will remain on the road for a match at Pac-12 member Utah. CSUN will face the Utes in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. (MT) / Noon (PT). The Matadors have not faced Utah in women's soccer since the 1996 season, but have defeated a Pac-12 opponent in each of the last two seasons.
CSUN Women's Soccer Throw Ins
- CSUN is 22-14-4 (.600) in Big West play since 2009
- CSUN is 46-46-9 (.500) overall since the start of the 2009 season
- CSUN had six different players record a game-winning goal in 2013
- CSUN had five different players score their first career goal in 2013
- CSUN returns 13 of its 17 (76%) goals and eight goal scorers from the 2013 season
- CSUN has played in overtime 17 times since 2009 and is 4-5-8 in those contests
- CSUN has recorded 32 shutout wins since 2009, the second-most in the Big West Conference
- CSUN faced four Pac-12 opponents in 2013, its most games vs. the league since 2008
- CSUN recorded its second win vs. a Pac-12 opponent since 1999 with its 2013 victory over Oregon State
- Since the start of the 2008 season, CSUN is 30-1-2 when scoring at least 2 goals
- Since the start of the 2008 season, CSUN is 5-1-1 vs. the Mountain West Conference
- Since the start of the 2008 season, CSUN is 7-8-2 vs. the West Coast Conference
- Since the start of the 2009 season, CSUN has played in 55 one-goal games and 40 contests that ended 1-0
- Since the start of the 2010 season, CSUN is 23-14-3 (.613) in matches at Matador Soccer Field
- Senior Leandra Walker had a team-high four assists IN 2013, tied for sixth in the Big West Conference
- Senior Brittanie Sakajian has 24 career points, four shy of tying her for 10th in program history