Oct. 31, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (12-8) defeated Seattle University, 3-1, Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Matador Soccer Field. Freshman Brittanie Sakajian scored two goals off the bench and sophomore Haley Hawes made three saves in the second half as the Matadors tied a school record with their 12th win of the season.
With their seed in the Big West Tournament finalized, Sunday's victory over the Redhawks sent the five Matador seniors out in style. Farryn Townley, the school's all-time leader in goals and points, got the festivities started early, cashing in her seventh goal of the season in the ninth minute of action.
On the play, sophomore Melissa Fernandez rifled a shot from the left side of net that the Redhawks' goalkeeper, Madison Goverde, saved. However, the rebound fell to the feet of Townley and she buried it in the back of the net for her 22nd career goal. For Fernandez, the assist was her team-leading fourth helper of the season.
With most of the starters on the bench, the second half saw Sakajian score twice for CSUN. In the 66th minute, she collected a cross from sophomore Marie Hirsch and chipped it past Goverde to double CSUN's lead. The goal was Sakajian's third of the season and the assist was Hirsch's first of the year.
In the 77th minute, the referee awarded a penalty kick to the Redhawks when a Matador handled the ball in the penalty area. Julia Besagno stepped to the spot and completed the play with her first goal of the season.
With Seattle pressing for an equalizer in the final minutes, Northridge sewed up the victory in the 90th minute when Sakajian tallied her second goal of the day. Similar to the first, she collected a cross from sophomore Marisa Miller and beat Goverde to the near post. For Miller, the assist was the first of her career and Sakajian got her fourth goal of the season.
In net, sophomore Haley Hawes earned her first career victory, making three saves in the final 45 minutes. She is now 1-0 with a 2.55 goals-against-average and three saves on the year. Cynthia Jacobo played the first 45 minutes for CSUN, making one stop in the process.
Seattle's biggest threat of the first half came in the opening minute. Some miscommunication between Jacobo and her backline left a Redhawk alone in front of net. She chipped the ball over a charging Jacobo, but a hustling Jasmine Pratt cleared the ball off the line to avert the malady.
In all, Seattle out-shot CSUN 18-12 and held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Goverde made seven saves in defeat for the Redhawks. Seattle's Emma Levy and Northridge's Wendy Warner saw the yellow card in the contest.
At 12-8, Northridge ties a school record for wins in a season. The Matadors also improved to 11-0 on the year when scoring the first goal of the match. Redshirt freshman Jenna Fisher made her Northridge debut in the contest.
Before the match, CSUN honored its five graduating seniors participating in their final regular season home contest at Matador Soccer Field: Desiree Cardenas, Sonia Espitia, Erin Kelly, Jasmine Pratt and Farryn Townley.
With the regular season over, Northridge must now set its sights on Long Beach State and the Big West Tournament. The Matadors and 49ers will square off for the second time this season at George Allen Field in Long Beach on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m.