October 17, 2008

Matadors Hit the Century Mark in 2-0 Victory over UC Davis

Oct. 17, 2008

 

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team defeated UC Davis, 2-0, Friday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field to win the 100th game in the program's history. A pair of rookies, Nancy Avesyan and Brielle Slepicoff, scored the goals for the Matadors and sophomore Leah Elliott recorded her second shutout of the season in net.

With the win, CSUN improves to 6-7-1 and 1-2-0 in the Big West Conference while UC Davis falls to 6-5-3 overall and 1-3-1 in the league.

The teams entered the second half tied at 0-0 before the Matadors struck twice to seal the victory. After narrowly missing on a breakaway earlier in the half, Avesyan found the back of the net in the 57th minute.

Following a cross from senior Kristal Phillips, Avesyan collected a deflection off Erin Kelly and beat the UC Davis. The goal was Avesyan's third on the season, while Phillips picked up her team-leading fifth assist and Kelly registered her first career helper on the play. Phillips now stands at second in school history with 12 career assists.

Slepicoff became the 10th different Matador to score a goal this season, beating the Aggies' keeper in the 81st minute to help seal the Northridge victory. She took a free ball around the center of the pitch and chipped the ball over the keeper's head from 28 yards out. She now has one goal and three assists on the season.

In net, Elliott finished with six saves. She now owns a 1.23 goals-against-average and an .820 save percentage to go along with her 6-7-1 record.

In all, UC Davis finished with 17 shots to the Matadors' 12 and also held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Avesyan and sophomore Jasmine Pratt each saw the yellow card in the match.

CSUN returns to the pitch on Sunday when it hosts Pacific in another Big West Conference meeting. Kick off between the Matadors and Tigers is slated for 2:30 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field.