Aug. 29, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Five different Matadors scored Friday as the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team defeated Southern Utah, 5-2, Friday morning at the Matador Soccer Field. Kristal Phillips, Erin Kelly, Katie Coulas, Tryna Tafoya and Tinamarie Lutizetti all found the back of the net for Northridge in the win.
The Thunderbirds struck first, scoring 33 seconds into the contest when Makell Hansen blasted a 40-yard strike past keeper Leah Elliott.
However, the Matadors responded quickly, as Phillips fond the back of the net courtesy of some beautiful passing from sophomore Katie Fox and freshman Nancy Avesyan in the 21st minute. The assist was the first of Fox's career and the second for the season Avesyan. The goal was Phillips' second in the young season.
Northridge took the lead for good when Erin Kelly when she found a cross delivered from freshman Brielle Slepicoff in 41st minute. The goal was the first of Kelly's career and Slepicoff's second assist of the season.
The day of firsts continued for CSUN at the end of the first half when Katie Coulas scored her first career goal in the 45th minute. The tally would end up serving as the game winner.
In the second half, Avesyan won the ball in the box and played it across to senior Tryna Tafoya, who buried the ball into the back of the net in the 50th minute of action.
Lutizetti scored CSUN's final goal, this one coming in the last second of the game. The tally was Lutizetti's first of her career and Phillips picked up an assist on the score.
For Phillips, the goal and assist moved her eighth place all time in school history with 24 career points. Tafoya now stands at 20 career points, three shy of ninth in school history.
Northridge assistant coach Juan Plascencia came away impressed with the result.
"Today was a great example of the girls working with each other to create offense," said Plascencia. "We still have room to improve, but having five different girls score today was an impressive accomplishment and a definite confidence builder for the rest of the season."
In all, CSUN finished with 19 shots Friday, 11 more than Southern Utah. The Matadors won 11 corner kicks in the game and Elliott picked up her second win in as many games.
Northridge returns to the field Sunday, making its first road trip of the season in a match against Cal State Bakersfield. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.