Aug. 21, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (0-1) lost its season opener to No. 13 San Diego (1-0), 3-0, Friday night at Torero Stadium. The Matadors continue their time in San Diego Sunday with a game at San Diego State beginning at 1 p.m.
The Toreros found the net three times, with two goals sandwiched around the halftime whistle. Eric Peeples broke a scoreless first half in the 45th minute, scoring off a corner kick. In the 48th minute, Stephanie Ochs found the top right of the goal to double the Toreros' lead. USD struck a final time in the 90th minute, as Katie Bavasi scored to conclude the game's scoring.
Northridge generated some opportunities and finished with seven shots. Senior Kelley Ross hit the post with an attempt in the 49th minute and had a total of four shots. Junior Farryn Townley also had a shot on goal in the game.
San Diego's offense finished with 12 shots overall, forcing four saves by CSUN junior Leah Elliott. USD also had nine corner kicks, matching a Northridge-opponent high in 2008.
Northridge finished with more fouls, 12-10, and San Diego's Christine Mock saw the yellow card in the 24th minute of action. Among those players making their debut in a Northridge uniform were sophomore Megan Zahnow and senior Niki Connolly.
Northridge heads back to the field on Sunday with a meeting against the Aztecs. CSUN took a 2-1, double-overtime decision over SDSU last season at Matador Soccer Field. The match starts at 1 p.m. with live coverage on Gametracker.
The Matadors host two games at the Matador Soccer Field next week, beginning with an Aug. 27 contest against Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m. On Aug. 30, CSUN hosts Oregon State for a 1 p.m. game.