Sept. 5, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sophomore Farryn Townley scored her second game-winning goal of the season to propel the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (4-0-0) to a 2-1 victory over UNLV Friday afternoon at the Matador Soccer Field. In the 47th minute, Townley broke free of the Rebels' defense and chipped the ball past the charging UNLV keeper to give CSUN the win.
Northridge got on the scoreboard first, as senior Tryna Tafoya deposited a strike past the UNLV keeper in the 16th minute of the game. The play started when junior Kelley Ross fired a low shot and UNLV keeper Alicia Lugo made a tough save.
However, the rebound found its way to Tafoya on the left side of the box and she easily put it home for her second score of the season. Ross picked up an assist on the play, her first helper of the year.
UNLV would answer back in the 35th minute of action, knotting the game at 1-1. Brie Moore took a pass from Niki Connolly and beat CSUN keeper Leah Elliott to her left to send the teams into halftime in a tie.
Following Townley's decisive goal, the team's traded unsuccessful chances before the final whistle sounded. As a team, Northridge finished the game with 11 shots, five of which came on goal. UNLV answered with 12 of their own shots, four of which came on net, giving Elliott three saves in her fourth victory of the season.
The Rebels did win seven corner kicks to the Matadors' six and CSUN committed 10 fouls to UNLV's five. Freshman Alexis Barbara saw the yellow card from the referee in the 37th minute of action following a hard sliding tackle.
From here, the Matadors head to Moraga, Calif., to participate in the Saint Mary's Fall Classic. At the tournament, Northridge will face California on Sept. 12 and then square off against Saint Mary's on Sept. 14.