August 22, 2014

No. 7 Michigan Defeats CSUN 2-0 in Season Opener

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

A pair of goals off corner kicks propelled No. 7 Michigan to a 2-0 victory over the CSUN women's soccer team (0-1) in both teams' 2014 season opener Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Matadors finished with 10 shots and put five on goal, but an early goal for the Wolverines held up before a second was added.

Starting on the road for the second-straight year, CSUN fell behind in the seventh minute of action Friday. Michigan's Madisson Lewis headed home a cross from Ani Sarkisian after the initial corner kick was cleared back to Sarkisian, who had taken the kick.

CSUN upped the pressure after the goal and forced five saves from Michigan's Taylor Bucklin. Taylor Hobson led the Matadors with three shots, putting one on goal.

Leandra Walker, Lyndsey Preston, Hannah Wissler and Brittanie Sakajian all had shots on goal that would have represented the equalizer in the contest.

Michigan added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. A corner was played into the box where Cynthia Tafoya made the initial save. However, the rebound fell to the feet of Taylor Timko and she helped seal the victory.

In all, both squads finished with 10 shots over the 90 minutes. Tafoya made two saves in defeat. Briana Geffre picked up CSUN's first yellow card of the year late in the first half.

The Matadors will look to rebound Sunday when they head to Toledo to face the Rockets. Kick off is slated for 10 a.m. (PT). Following the match, CSUN will return to campus and then head back out for its third game of 2014, a road date at Utah on Aug. 31.

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