October 10, 2008

UCSB Defeats Northridge, 3-0, in Big West Opener

Oct. 10, 2008

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team lost 3-0 to UC Santa Barbara Friday night in its Big West Conference season opener. With the defeat, CSUN falls to 5-6-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the Big West Conference, while UCSB improves to 9-5-0 overall and 2-1 in the league.

The Gauchos wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, finding the net in the first minute of play. UCSB's Genelle Ives took a cross from Kylie McDonald and headed the ball home from 12 yards out with 54 seconds having elapsed on the clock.

UCSB then scored in the 27th minute, again coming as a result of a cross into the box. Sarah Stoltz successfully headed home a cross from Jacqui Simon to give the Gauchos a 2-0 lead.

The Gauchos extended their first half lead to 3-0 in the 43rd minute, courtesy of yet another successful cross into the Matador box. Kacey Doherty found herself unmarked on the left side of the box and headed home her first goal of the season off a cross from Alissa Sanchez.

In all, CSUN finished with five shots and senior Kristal Phillips registered the only shot on goal. UCSB fired 19 total shots, six on goal, at Leah Elliott, who finished with three saves. She now holds a .785 save percentage and 1.35 goals-against-average.

The Matador bench saw the yellow card in the 41st minute of action. Ives later picked up a yellow card in the second half after colliding with Elliott. The Matadors' Nicole Cruz also picked up a yellow card in the 75th minute.

CSUN returns to action Sunday, traveling to San Luis Obispo to face Cal Poly. Kickoff between the Matadors and Mustangs is slated for 1 p.m.