Oct. 4, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Katy Roby's goal in the 83rd minute proved to be the game winner as the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-7, 1-1 BWC) fell 3-2 to UC Santa Barbara (4-7-1, 1-1 BWC) Sunday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it in the 78th minute on a goal by Farryn Townley only to see the rally fall short against the Gauchos.
UCSB, the preseason favorite in the Big West, wasted little time getting on the board. Jacqui Simon fed Kailyn Kugler for the Gauchos' first goal of the match just 34 seconds in to give UCSB a 1-0 lead.
The Gauchos would double their lead before halftime, as Eric Seidman collected her own rebound off the post to beat CSUN goalkeeper Haley Hawes in the 38th minute. Kylie McDonald had an assist on the play.
However, the Matadors came out determined in the second half and eventually leveled the score at 2-2. An own goal by UCSB's Kathleen Matthew in the 75th minute gave CSUN some momentum and Townley collected her team-leading sixth goal of the season on a one-time feed from Brielle Slepicoff in the 78th to tie the contest. It was Slepicoff's first assist of the season.
Unfortunately, Roby beat Hawes with the game-winning goal less than five minutes later to secure the Gaucho victory.
Hawes made the start in net for CSUN, making four saves in the process. Tammy Lenham made two saves for UCSB to earn the win. The Gauchos out-shot Northridge, 15-9, for the game and won four corner kicks to CSUN's two.
Northridge heads out on the road for their next four matches, beginning with a swing up the California coast for contests against UC Davis and Pacific. The Matadors face the Tigers on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., then face the Aggies at noon on Oct. 11.