October 1, 2010

Matadors Rally for 2-1 Victory over UC Davis in Big West Opener

Oct. 1, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (6-5, 1-0 Big West) defeated UC Davis, 2-1, Friday night in the Matadors' Big West opener. Sophomore Melissa Fernandez scored her first collegiate goal in the 65th minute to break a 1-1 tie and give the Matadors the win. Farryn Townley scored the other goal for CSUN, her team-leading fourth of the season and 19th of her career, tying the school record.

After UC Davis tied the score in the 49th minute of action, Fernandez took a cross from Amanda Smith and buried the ball past a diving Maria Magana. The assist was the second of the season for Smith. Fernandez is the seventh different Matador to score a goal this season.

Northridge got on the board first in the game, as Townley beat UCD's Kathleen Brandl in the ninth minute of action. Fellow senior Jasmine Pratt delivered a free kick into the penalty area that pinballed off several players before finding Townley's feet. For Pratt, the assist was her first of the season and third of her career.

The goal for Townley tied her with Erin Broadwell for the most goals (19) by an individual in school history. The two points also raised her career total to 41, putting in fourth place in the school's record books. Townley finished the match with a team-high five shots.

Bridget Berman scored UC Davis' goal in the contest, cleaning up a cross from Kiele Argente in the 49th minute of action. The Aggies nearly tied the match in the waning moments, as a free kick from just outside 18 yards was blocked with less than four minutes remaining.

In net, sophomore Cynthia Jacobo made five saves, four in the first half, to improve her season record to 6-5. For the year, Jacobo has a 1.38 goals-against-average, 55 saves and a .786 save percentage. The win was the 11th of Jacobo's career, moving her into fifth in school history.

The win was Northridge's third straight over UC Davis and evened its all-time conference opener record to 7-7. CSUN took 14 shots to UCD's 16 and the Aggies held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Magana took the loss in net for the Aggies.

CSUN returns to action Sunday when it hosts Pacific at 1 p.m. in another Big West contest at Matador Soccer Field. The game is part of the program's "Kick Pink" initiative and all fans wearing pink receive free admission to the game between the Matadors and Tigers.

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