September 15, 2010

Matadors Host Quakers Before Trip to Lone Star State to Face Aggies

Sept. 15, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Prepares for Busy Week against Ivy League, Big 12 Opposition

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (4-3) returns to the friendly confines of Matador Soccer Field on Sept. 17 for a non-conference match up with the University of Pennsylvania. Two days later, the Matadors will take on their third top-11 opponent of the season when they travel to College Station, Texas, to face No. 6 Texas A&M.

Last week, the Matadors picked up a pair of 1-0 victories at the UNLV Nike Classic in Las Vegas. On Sept. 12, CSUN recorded a double-overtime victory over Kansas. Two days later, the Matadors tripped up the host Rebels to post a 4-1 record in their past five matches.

Both goals in Las Vegas came on crosses from the right side that were headed home on the far post. In net, sophomore Cynthia Jacobo posted a pair of shutouts, making four stops against KU and adding seven more against UNLV. For their work, Farryn Townley (Offensive) and Jacobo (Co-Defensive) earned Big West Players of the Week honors.

This week, CSUN faces a Penn team that is 2-2 on the season after having defeated Saint Joseph's, 1-0. The Quakers are led by Kathryn Barth, who has two goals on the year. On Sunday, the Matadors travel to College Station, Texas, to face the sixth-ranked Aggies. Texas A&M is 6-1 on the season, with its only loss coming to No. 1 North Carolina. Alyssa Mautz leads the squad with six goals on the season and the Aggies have outscored their opponents 21-7 in their last six matches.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Senior Farryn Townley tallied the game-winning goal in double overtime in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Kansas on Sept. 10 at the UNLV Nike Classic. For her efforts, Townley was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 13. The goal was Townley's third of the season and 18th of her career, moving her into a tie for second in school history and only one shy of tying the school mark. She also now has 39 career points, the fifth-most in school history and six shy of tying the all-time mark. She also ranks eighth in school history with 82 career shots. In 2009, Townley earned All-Big West First Team honors after scoring nine goals, two assists and 20 points.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo earned Big West Defensive Co-Player of the Week honors after posting a pair of shutouts at the UNLV Nike Classic. Jacobo made four saves against Kansas on Sept. 10 and then made seven more stops against UNLV on Sept. 12. In just her second season with the Matadors, Jacobo now stands at sixth in school history with nine career wins, fourth with 7.5 career shutouts and eighth with 64 career saves. In fact, eight of Jacobo's nine career wins have been shutouts. In 2009, Jacobo earned Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and Second Team honors after posting five-straight shutouts over league opponents to start her Matador career.

Hit Me Baby One More Time

Freshman Brittanie Sakajian scored her first career game-winning goal in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over UNLV on Sept. 12. In the 64th minute of the match against the Rebels, Sakajian headed home a cross from teammate Alexis Barbara for the match's only score. A freshman from Valencia, Calif., Sakajian has two goals, a team-leading two assists and is tied with Farryn Townley for the team lead with six points. She had a goal and assist in the Matadors' 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's.

Brie All That You Can Brie

Junior Brielle Slepicoff picked up her first assist of the season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Kansas on Sept. 10, swinging in a cross that Farryn Townley headed home in the 102nd minute. She scored her first goal of the year in CSUN's 4-0 win over Saint Joe's. Slepicoff, an All-Big West Honorable Mention selection in 2009, now has two goals, six assists and 10 points for her career.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Junior Alexis Barbará picked up her first career assist in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over UNLV on Sept. 12. Originally from Chula Vista, Calif., Barbará sent in a long cross from the right that an unmarked Brittanie Sakajian headed home in the 64th minute of action.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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