September 25, 2009

No. 3 UCLA Slips Past Northridge, 2-0

Sept. 25, 2009

Box Score

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (4-6) dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 3 UCLA (7-1-1) Friday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. Junior Kellie Drenner made three saves and sophomore Heidi Farran had two shots on goal for the Matadors.

The Bruins scored a pair of goals in the first half to win their seventh straight. Kristina Larsen scored the eventual game winner in the 18th minute, firing a shot that deflected off Matador defender Katie Russ and went into the back of the net. At exactly 43:00, Lauren Cheney doubled the UCLA lead by directing a header past Drenner. Elise Britt and Whitney Sharpe had the assist on the play.

For Northridge, Farran finished with two shots on goal and three total attempts. Junior Farryn Townley and Brielle Slepicoff both added a shot on goal for the Matadors. In all, Northridge finished with nine shots in the game compared to 19 for UCLA.

Drenner made three saves, including a diving save on an attempt by UCLA's Iman Bearde in the second half. She now has a 0.85 goals-agaisnt-average and a .885 save percentage for the season.

The two teams combined for only 12 fouls, with Northridge picking up a season-low three violations. UCLA won five corner kicks compared to one for Northridge. Russ and Larsen picked up matching yellow cards in the 52nd minute.

The Matadors open their 2009 Big West Conference schedule next week, hosting Cal Poly on Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. On Oct. 4, Northridge faces UC Santa Barbara, also at 2:30 p.m.

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