Sept. 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Northridge Faces Pair of Historic Rivals in Non-Conference Action
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (1-2) will look to build upon its positive result against Saint Joseph's when it takes on a pair of historic rivals, Pepperdine and UCLA, in a pair of non-conference matches. The Matadors host the Waves under the lights at Matador Soccer Field on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., then travel South along the Interstate 405 to face No. 11 UCLA at Drake Stadium on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m.
CSUN exploded for four goals over a 20 minute time span in the second half against Saint Joseph's on Aug. 29. Four different Matadors (Desiree Cardenas, Brielle Slepicoff, Farryn Townley and Brittanie Sakajian) all scored their first goal of the season in the win over the Hawks. Melissa Fernandez, Amanda Smith and Sakajian also posted assists in the contest.
Now Northridge must set its sights on a pair of local rivals who have held a one-sided advantage in the all-time series between the schools. Pepperdine is 7-0-2 all time against Northridge, with the Matadors earning ties against the Waves in 1995 and 2001. The Waves are 2-1 in 2010, posting wins over Fresno State and Arizona.
On Sunday, Northridge faces the perennially powerful Bruins from UCLA. The Bruins host CSUN in their only match of the week and are coming off a 1-0 loss to Northwestern in Wisconsin. UCLA has already played one Big West squad, taking a 7-0 decision over Cal Poly on Aug. 22.
Lights, Camera, Action
The Aug. 22 contest against Portland was the inaugural match under the new lights at Matador Soccer Field. The fixtures were installed in the summer of 2010 and will reintroduce the San Fernando Valley to nighttime Division I soccer. A program record 1,496 fans came out to see the Matadors battle the fifth-ranked Pilots. Although CSUN lost 2-1, the Matadors nearly overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit, hitting the crossbar with under two minutes left in regulation.
The women's program will play a total of seven of their 10 home matches at 5 p.m. or later, including contests against Pepperdine, Penn and San Diego. CSUN played nighttime soccer at its North Campus Stadium until the 2001 season and this match will be the first under the lights at Matador Soccer Field.
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Freshman Brittanie Sakajian enjoyed a solid performance against Saint Joseph's, recording her first career goal and assist in the match. She assisted on Farryn Townley's goal in the 81st minute and then tallied her own strike unassisted in the 85th minute. Her three points for the season now lead the squad and she also has three shots in three matches.
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Senior Farryn Townley picked up her first goal of the season in the Matadors' 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's on Aug. 29. In the 81st minute, Townley successfully steered a header past the Hawks' goalkeeper. The goal was the 16th of her career, giving her sole possession of fourth place in school history. For her career, Townley has scored 35 points, the sixth-most in school history. That figure is 10 points shy of matching Kristy Krohn for the most in school history. She also now ranks 10th in school history with 75 career shots. In 2009, Townley earned All-Big West First Team honors after scoring nine goals, two assists and 20 points.
Cardenas Transfers Talent to CSUN
Senior Desiree Cardenas picked up her first career game-winning goal in the Matadors' 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's. In the 67th minute, Cardenas lined up a free kick that bent around the wall and over the goalkeeper's head for the first goal of the game and Cardenas' first of the season. Last season, Cardenas had two goals and two assists, her first campaign with the Matadors.
Brie All That You Can Brie
Junior Brielle Slepicoff scored her first goal of the season and second of her career in the Matadors' 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's. She collected a cross from Melissa Fernandez and looped the ball over the goalkeeper's head in the 75th minute of action. Slepicoff, an All-Big West Honorable Mention selection in 2009, now has two goals, five assists and nine points for her career.
Jacobo & Myers
Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo made one save in the Matadors' 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's to earn her first win of the season. In earning half a shutout in the process, Jacobo now has 5.5 shutouts for her career, tying April Cline for the fourth-most in school history. For the season, Jacobo has a 1.36 goals-against-average, 12 saves and a .750 save percentage.
Senior Sonia Espitia scored the Matadors' first goal of the 2010 season. In the 58th minute of CSUN's match with Portland, Espitia laced a shot that deflected off a Pilot defender and into the net. The goal was the third of Espitia's career, with the first two coming in the 2009 season. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors for her play in 2009, which also included two assists.
We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game
Junior Heidi Farran put together a very successful sophomore season in 2009. Farran finished the year with four goals, one assist and nine points for the year, helping her earn All-Big West Honorable Mention honors. Against league opponents, Farran had three goals, two of which were game winners (against UC Irvine and Long Beach State). She scored her first career goal at San Diego State on Aug 23, 2009.
Senior Jasmine Pratt enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, serving as a team captain and recording the first two assists of her career. She helped set up Heidi Farran on the game-winning goal against UC Irvine and had her first career helper at Creighton on Sept. 4. An outstanding defensive player, Pratt is expected to see time at both outside back, center back and at outside midfield. With at least 20 games on the schedule in 2010, Pratt, who enters the season with 57 career appearances, could set a new school record in the category.
Matadors in Season Openers
The Matadors are 8-7-1 in their 16 season-opening contests. CSUN owns an all-time road opener record of 7-8-1 and a 7-7-2 record all time in its home openers.
Matadors 5th in Preseason Poll (Again)
A preseason survey of the Big West Conference women's soccer coaches predicted a fifth-place finish for the Matadors in 2010. The Matadors received 45 points in the poll to place fifth for the second-straight year. UC Santa Barbara, whom CSUN plays twice this season, was the preseason favorite for the second-straight year as well, receiving four first-place votes and 75 points overall. In the 2009 poll, CSUN received 33 points, but went 6-2 on the year to finish second in the league.