Nov. 1, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (10-9, 6-2 BWC) defeated Long Beach State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. Sophomore Heidi Farran scored her second game-winning goal in as many games and freshman Cynthia Jacobo recorded her fifth-straight shutout over a league opponent.
For the Matadors, the win earns them the second seed and a home game Thursday afternoon in the Big West Tournament. It is the first time since 2004 that the Matadors have qualified for the four-team tournament and the first time in program history that they are hosting a match.
In fact, Northridge already knows its opponent for the match: UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos finished third in the league with 15 points after dropping a 2-0 decision to Cal Poly on Sunday. A game time for Thursday's match will be determined later.
Farran connected on the only game's goal in the 11th minute. Freshman Katie Russ played a ball through the midfield that junior Farryn Townley collected. Townley then slid a past to a charging Farran, who sent a cracking shot past the LBSU's goalkeeper.
The goal was Farran's fourth of the season and her third against a league opponent. The assist was Townley's second of the year and the first assist of Russ's career. For the regular season, Farran has nine points (4 G, 1 A) and Townley has 18 points (8 G, 2 A).
In net, freshman Cynthia Jacobo posted her fifth-straight shutout over a league opponent, making four saves in the victory. She has now extended her season shutout streak to over 500 minutes on the season, having given up her redshirt before the UC Davis game.
In all, Long Beach State finished with 12 shots compared to eight for Northridge. The 49ers also earned four corner kicks in comparison to one for Northridge. Emily Kingsborough made three saves in the loss for Long Beach State.
The Matadors' win over LBSU snapped the 49ers' three-game winning streak in the series and was Northridge's first win in the series since 2005.