October 2, 2009

Team Efforts Leads Matadors to 3-2 Victory over Cal Poly

Oct. 2, 2009

Box Score

CLICK HERE for Post-Match Interviews with Keith West, Desiree Cardenas and Katie Russ

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Behind the play of three different goalkeepers, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-6, 1-0 BWC) defeated Cal Poly, 3-2, Friday afternoon in its Big West Conference opener at Matador Soccer Field. Heidi Farran, Desiree Cardenas and Farryn Townley each scored for the Matadors, while Katie Russ filled in at goalkeeper to earn the win.

Perhaps the biggest story surrounding the Matadors' win was the play of the CSUN goalkeepers. Junior Kellie Drenner started the match in net, but had to leave halfway through the first half due to injury. Leah Elliott replaced her, but then suffered a injury herself in the second half.

With only two keepers dressed, CSUN turned the position over to Russ for the final 28 minutes of the match. Russ, who had little experience in net prior to the match, allowed a goal, but also picked up her first career victory in the process.

On offense, Northridge busted out of the gate quickly to take an early 2-0 lead. In the eighth minute, Heidi Farran was taken down on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty kick that she successfully measured for her second goal of the season.

Eight minutes later, Sonia Espitia looped in a corner kick that Cardenas headed into the back of the net for her second goal of the season. For Espitia, the assist was her second of the year.

Cal Poly would fight back to make the score 2-1 at halftime when Tiffany Gummow beat Elliott with a long-distance blast in the 24th minute.

In the second half, Elliott made a big save early in the period on the far post to preserve the CSUN lead. That set up Townley, who took a long ball from Cardenas in the 70th minute and beat Cal Poly's Coral Hoover to score what eventually would stand as the game winner. It was Cardenas' second assist of the season.

The Mustangs would not go quietly, pulling back a goal in the 78th minute when Kaleena Andruss fired a shot past Russ.

In all, the Matadors reeled off a season-high 28 shots, with 11 coming on frame. Cal Poly finished the match with 16 shots and a total of seven coming on target. Cal Poly finished with eight corner kicks compared to three for Northridge.

Russ earned the victory in net for CSUN for her 28 minutes of action. Elliott had two saves and the Matador defense recorded two team saves as well to preserve the win. The Mustangs' Coral Hoover made eight saves in the defeat.

For Northridge, the win was just second in the all-time series against the Mustangs, improving their record against Cal Poly to 2-5-2.

On Sunday, CSUN returns to Matador Soccer Field for another Big West match, as they host UC Santa Barbara at 2:30 p.m.