Matador Women's Soccer Posts 3-0 Shutout over LMU in Home Opener

Aug. 27, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - In its 2009 home opener, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-1) posted a 3-0 shutout over LMU (1-1) Thursday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors tallied three second half goals to surge past the Lions, as Sonia Espitia, Farryn Townley and Niki Connolly all found the back of the net.

After a slow first half that saw Northridge post only two shots, the Matadors came out firing in the second half and set the early pace to play. The hard work paid off in 49th minute when Espitia took advantage of an LMU turnover and beat the Lions' keeper for her second goal of the season and of her career.

Less than four minutes later, sophomore Heidi Farran fed a nice pass to a streaking Townley for her first goal of the 2009 campaign. The assist was Farran's first career helper and gives Townley seven career goals.

Connolly capped off the day's scoring, successfully converting a penalty kick in the 86th minute of action. The goal was Connolly's second in as many games in her first season with the Matadors.

In net, junior Leah Elliott made three saves, all in the first half, to record her fourth career shutout. The defensive backline of Katie Fox, Sydney Vermillion, Brielle Slepicoff and Katie Russ, all of whom played the full 90 minutes, kept traffic in front of Elliott to a minimum.

In all, Northridge finished with 12 shots compared to 10 by the Lions. CSUN also had a season-high five corner kicks in the game, four of which came in the second half.

The Matadors continue their homestand with a match against Oregon State Sunday at Matador Soccer Field. Kick off is slated for 1 p.m.