Second-Half Surge Propels CSUN to 4-0 Victory over Saint Joseph's

Aug. 29, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (1-2) scored four goals over a 20 minute span in the second half to take a 4-0 non-conference victory over Saint Joseph's Sunday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. Desiree Cardenas, Brielle Slepicoff, Farryn Townley and Brittanie Sakajian all recorded their first goals of the 2010 campaign in the victory.

After a slow first half that saw the teams combine for three shots on goal, the Matadors started out the second half strongly. Melissa Fernandez and Heidi Farran both put attempts on goal within the first five minutes of the stanza.

Farran nearly broke through around the 60th minute, chipping a corner kick towards net that tested the Hawks' goalkeeper, Christine Neal. Stephanie Galarze also missed a chance around the 65th minute to break the deadlock, requiring a Hawk save.

Cardenas finally broke the deadlock in the 67th minute. After CSUN won a free kick, Cardenas lined up a free kick that bent around the goaltender and into the net. The goal was the third of her career.

The Matadors doubled their lead in the 75th minute. Fernandez won the ball deep in the corner, played her way past a defender and crossed to a streaking Slepicoff. She then chipped the ball over the outstretched goalkeeper's hand for her second career goal. The assist was the second of Fernandez's career and first of the season.

Farryn Townley added the third CSUN goal of the day in the 81st minute. Amanda Smith saved a ball on the end line and fed a pass to Brittanie Sakajian, who chipped in a pass that Townley headed past the Saint Joseph's goalkeeper. Both Smith and Sakajian picked up their first career assist on the play.

For Townley, the goal was the 16th of her career, moving her into sole possession of fourth place in school history. She also now has 35 career points, the sixth-most in school history.

Sakajian continued the Matador scoring, collecting her first career goal in the 85th minute. She stole the ball from a defender, drew the goaltender off her line and buried the ball into the far side of the netting. Sakajian finished with a game-high three points courtesy of her first career goal and assist.

In all, CSUN finished with 20 shots overall and put 11 on goal. Saint Joseph's had six shots and put two on the frame. Cynthia Jacobo earned the win in goal for Northridge, making one save in 85 minutes of action. Haley Hawes played the final five minutes without making a save to earn half a shutout. For the Hawks, Neal had seven saves in net.

Erin Kelly drew a yellow card for a physical tackle in the 65th minute. Shannon Ward and Chloe McDaniel both made their first career appearances in a Matador uniform in the match.

Northridge returns to action Friday, Sept. 3 when its hosts Pepperdine at Matador Soccer Field. The game between the Matadors and Waves is slated to start at 7 p.m.

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