September 8, 2010

Matadors Face Jayhawks, Rebels at UNLV Nike Classic

Sept. 8, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Travels to Sin City for Preseason Tournament

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-3) heads to Las Vegas, Nev. to participate in the UNLV Nike Classic this weekend. The Matadors will face the Kansas Jayhawks for the first time ever on the soccer pitch on Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m., and then tackle the host Rebels on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.

Last week, CSUN split its two matches, rallying to defeat Pepperdine, 2-1, before falling 4-1 to No. 11 UCLA. Senior Farryn Townley tied the match against the Waves and an own goal propelled the Matadors to the victory, their first against Pepperdine in the all-time series. Two days later, Northridge battled against the Bruins, getting an Erin Kelly goal to send the teams into halftime tied at 1-1. In the second half, UCLA pressed the issue, getting three goals.

Now CSUN must get ready for a pair of matches in the Mojave Desert that are sure to provide even more challenges. KU is 2-3 on the season, having defeated No. 14 Northwestern, 2-1, before falling by the same score to Illinois State in action last week. UNLV is 4-1, having bested Colorado 4-2 after falling 2-1 to Creighton last week.

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.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Senior Farryn Townley scored the tying goal in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over Pepperdine, her second strike of the 2010 campaign. The goal was the 17th of her career, moving her into a tie with Brianna Monka for third in school history. For her career, Townley has scored 37 points, tying her with Leila Pate for the sixth-most in school history. That figure is eight points shy of matching Kristy Krohn for the most in school history. In 2009, Townley earned All-Big West First Team honors after scoring nine goals, two assists and 20 points. With 11 shots on the season, Townley has also moved into eighth in school history with a total of 78 career shots.

Sonia's Story

Senior Sonia Espitia added her first assist of the 2010 season in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over Pepperdine, helping on Farryn Townley's goal. She also 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. For her career, Espitia has three goals, five assists and 11 points.

Kelly's Heroes

Senior Erin Kelly blasted a devastating free kick from roughly 30 yards out to score her first goal of the 2010 season in the Matadors' 4-1 loss to UCLA. The tally was the second of Kelly's career and her first goal since 2008. For her career, Kelly has two goals and an assist for five career points. She has started every game of the 2010 season for CSUN thus far.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo had a busy weekend in goal, leading the Matadors to their 2-1 victory over Pepperdine by making seven saves. Two days later, she made a career-high nine stops at UCLA. Earlier in the year, Jacobo had 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 CSUN history. For the season, Jacobo has a 1.82 goals-against-average, 28 saves and a .757 save percentage. Her 52 career saves ranks ninth in school history.

Hit Me Baby One More Time

Freshman Brittanie Sakajian picked up her team-leading second assist of the season in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over Pepperdine. Sakajian played a ball into the far corner that Sonia Espitia then played to Farryn Townley for the game's tying goal. Sakajian also 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 four points for the season are tied with Townley for the team lead.

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.

Catching Some Waves

The Matadors made some history in their 2-1 victory over Pepperdine, taking their first victory over the Waves in the program's history. Prior to the win, CSUN was 0-7-2 in nine opportunities against their neighbors from Malibu. Northridge needed some fortunate bounces to get the win after Farryn Townley tied the game at 1-1 in the 73rd minute. After pushing the pace in the 10 minutes following the goal, CSUN broke through when Brielle Slepicoff sent in a cross that was inadvertently headed into the net by a Wave defender in the 88th minute.