16 - Nalena Betancourt
Nalena Betancourt
Height: 5-7
Year: Senior
Hometown: Moorpark, Calif.
High School: Moorpark HS
Position: Defender
EXP: 3V

2008

A fixture on defense, Betancourt started 18 matches for Northridge in 2008 ...finished year with one goal, the game winner, against San Diego State on Aug. 22 ... named All-Big West Honorable Mention ... ended career with 74 appearances, the second-most in school history ... finished 2008 with seven shots, three of which were on goal.

2007

One of eight Matadors to appear in all 18 matches and one of four Northridge players to start all 18 matches ... registered two assists on the season ... tallied a helper against Florida State, assisting on Salma Tarik's goal ... also registered an assist against Cal State Bakersfield, teaming with Kristy Krohn to assist on Tarik's winning goal ... finished season with six shots, five of which came on goal.

2006:

Betancourt was one of three defenders to start every match on the back line ... netted a goal in a 2-1 victory over UC Riverside on Oct. 6 ... posted her first point of the year on an assist in a win at Hawai'i on Sept. 25 ... named to the Ohana Hotels and Resorts Soccer Invitational All-Tournament Team ... both of her shots were on goal.

2005:

Betancourt was one of four Matadors to start all 19 matches last season ... fueled a backline that posted a goals against average of 1.36 and four shutouts ... scored her first collegiate goal in the Matadors' 5-0 victory over Idaho State on Sept. 4 ... recorded three shots.

2004:

Redshirted.

MOORPARK HIGH SCHOOL:

Betancourt was a two-sport star at Moorpark High School ... earned two soccer letters for the Musketeers under coach Frank Paletta ... named first-team All-Marmonte League three times and twice honored as best defender ... also spent four seasons on the track team, twice earning first-team all-league honors ... graduated in 2004.

PERSONAL:

Born on May 31, 1986 in Westlake Villiage, Calif. ... parents are Nina and Alfonso Betancourt ... has three sisters, Christina, Benita and Marcelena and one brother, Alfonso ... favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... chose CSUN because of the beautiful campus ... lists her favorite food as Mexican and "The Hills" and "Gladiator" among her viewing pleasures ... her top music selection is Usher's "Confessions" ... majoring in sociology with a minor in political science.

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