Team Effort Lifts Northridge to 2-1 Win at Bakersfield

Oct. 21, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (10-7) defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1, Thursday night at Roadrunner Stadium in Bakersfield. Sophomore Stephanie Galarze had a three-point game, netting a goal in the 83rd minute to propel the Matadors to the road win.

With the game knotted in its waning moments, Galarze cleaned up her a rebound in the roof of the net for her first career goal. She has four points to go along with 11 shots on the year.

"After Farryn Townley took a shot, I just finished my run and kept moving toward the ball," Galarze said. "It feels great to get my first career goal and I am happy to help our team get the win."

Galarze added her second assist of the year on a first-half goal by Desiree Cardenas in the 17th minute. The senior finished off a long run by Galarze for her fourth goal of the season and sixth of her career.

Galarze's three-point performance was the third by a Matador this season, matching Brittanie Sakajian's effort against Saint Joseph's and Sonia Espitia's showing at Cal Poly.

"We moved the ball well against a good opponent tonight," head coach Keith West said. "We were able to get 21 players out on the field and that speaks to the quality and depth of our side."

Cal State Bakersfield's Sam Pena tied the game up in the 55th minute, finishing off a run from teammate Tyler Shirk.

Although she was not credited with a save, Cynthia Jacobo earned the win for the Matadors in net. She faced eight total shots from the Roadrunners and three of those attempts were blocked by the Northridge defense.

Jacobo is now 10-7 on the season with a 1.06 goals-against-average, 75 saves and an .806 save percentage. Townley had four shots for the Matadors to give her 101 for her career, the sixth-most in school history.

The match featured three cautions. CSUN's Alexis Barbará saw the yellow card in 64th minute and Bakersfield's Tara Corcoran and Pena both went into the referee's book. CSUB's Kym Gause made six saves in defeat.

The Matadors are now 6-2 over their last eight matches, outscoring their opponents 7-4 in that span. They remain a perfect 9-0 on the season when scoring the first goal of the match.

CSUN returns to Big West Conference play Sunday with an important match at Long Beach State. At 4-2 in the league, the Matadors own 12 points, two more than the 49ers, who are now 3-1-1 in Big West play after losing to No. 15 UC Irvine Thursday night. Kick off from George Allen Field in Long Beach is slated for 1 p.m.

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