Oct. 17, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Senior forward Farryn Townley scored the 20th goal of her career, setting a new CSUN record, in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over UC Riverside on Sunday night. The win improves the Matadors' season record to 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the Big West Conference.
On a slick night in a misty first half, Townley was able to bend a shot over Highlander goalkeeper Jessica White from 17 yards out in the 32nd minute for the game's lone goal. The record-breaker also moved Townley higher in other career school and conference categories.
Along with owning the most goals all-time, Townley is now ranked second in career points with 44, one shy of the top spot. Her 97 career shots are good for a seventh place tie all-time, and her 10th career game-winning goal ties her with Renee Scachetti of UC Riverside for the ninth most in Big West Conference history.
Matador goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made two saves and got a little help from her cross bar en route to her sixth shutout of the season. Jacobo moves into fourth place on the all-time single season list for shutouts and is fourth in single season wins with her ninth victory in net in 2010.
The Highlanders took control of the ball from the first whistle, as forward Kayla Troesh struck the cross bar from distance in the second minute of play. Neither team could quite figure out the other's defense, until Townley broke the tie after dribbling past several defenders.
Both teams were able to open up the game in the second half, registering seven shots apiece. The Highlanders got shots on goal from Troesh and defender Kristy Adcock.
The Matadors were able to tally shots on goal by six different players: seniors Erin Kelly, Desiree Cardenas and Townley, junior Heidi Farran, sophomore Stephanie Galarze and freshman Brittanie Sakajian.
Sophomore forward Melissa Fernandez was inches from doubling the lead as her shot in the 56th minute sunk over the goalkeeper but hit the cross bar before going over the net.
The Matadors outshot the Highlanders 14-11 and had seven shots on goal, compared to two for UCR. White made six saves in defeat for the Highlanders.
CSUN remained a perfect 8-0 when scoring the first goal of the match in 2010. The 1-0 final was the eighth time the Matadors have played to that final result and own a 5-3 record in those contests.
With the win, Northridge remains in second place in the Big West Conference with 12 points. The Matadors take a break to face Cal State Bakersfield on the road on Thursday night at 7 p.m., and then return to conference action next Sunday at Long Beach State for a 1 p.m. contest.