Sept. 17, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Light Week Pits Northridge against Rainbow Wahine
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (3-5) returns to Matador Soccer Field for its only game of the week, a Friday match against Hawai'i. The Matadors will hope to regain their scoring touch at home, as they went scoreless in over 180 minutes last weekend at the UNM Nike Classic in Albuquerque.
At the tournament, the Matadors dropped a 2-0 decision to the University of New Mexico on Sept. 11. The Lobos, the host institution for the event, scored six minutes into the match to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Two days later, CSUN dominated play, but fell 1-0 in overtime to Kent State. Northridge out-shot the Golden Flashes, 11-3, in the second half, but could not finish.
This week, the Rainbow Wahine make their second trip to Matador Soccer Field in three years with a 1-5-1 record. They are currently on a long tour of Southern California. Hawai'i dropped its first game of the four-game swing, 2-0, to Pepperdine on Sept. 13 and lost 1-0 to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 16. Following the match with the Matadors, Hawai'i concludes its trip with a match at Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 20.
Britta Bourne leads the Rainbow Wahine with seven points on the season, courtesy of three goals and an assist. Ambree Ako has two goals and an assist on the year and three other players have found the back of the net already this season. In net, Kristina Ehrett has appeared in all six match and made four starts. She owns a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .737 save percentage.
In the all-time series between the two schools, CSUN owns a 5-2 record having won the past two matches and three of the last four. The last meeting went to double-overtime with Northridge prevailing, 2-1, on Sept. 21, 2007.
Home Sweet Home
The Matadors begin a four-game homestand at Matador Soccer Field starting with Friday's match against Hawai'i. On Sept. 25, the Matadors host crosstown rival UCLA and then open up their 2009 Big West slate with matches against Cal Poly (Oct. 2) and UC Santa Barbara. Since 2004, the Matadors have posted a 29-11-3 (.709) record at home, including a 13-5-2 (.700) mark in conference play.
Things Will be Great When You're Downtown-ley
Junior Farryn Townley tallied both of CSUN's goals last week, including the game winner in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Vermont. She is now tied for fifth in the league with her three goals on the season and leads the team with six points. For her career, Townley has nine goals, tied for the eighth most in school history. She also is seventh in the conference with 16 shots and six points.
Junior Sonia Espitia picked up her first assist of the season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Vermont. For the season, Espitia already has a career-high five points, including two goals. She scored her first career goal against San Diego State and then followed it up with a goal against Loyola Marymount. She is tied for ninth in the Big West with five points.
The Drenner Strikes Back
Junior Kellie Drenner made a triumphant return to the field in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Vermont. In her first start since Oct. 21, 2007, Drenner finished with four saves, picked up the win and earned half a shutout in the Matador victory. Despite missing all of the 2008 season due to injury, Drenner has returned strong and was named one of the team's captains before the start of the season.
I Got It at Ross
Senior Kelley Ross leads the team and is tied for fifth in the conference with her two assists. One of three seniors on the CSUN roster, Ross has started all eight games for Northridge in 2009 and is a team captain. For her career, she has two goals and three assists for seven points. Ross has appeared in 63 matches and made 37 starts.
Cardenas Transfers Talent to CSUN
Junior Desiree Cardenas has made quite an impact for Northridge in her first season since transferring from Cerritos JC. She scored the Matador goal in Northridge's loss to Oregon State and then picked up an assist on Farryn Townley's game-winning goal against Vermont. Her start against the Catamounts was the first of her Northridge career.
It Was All a Dream
It has not taken senior Niki Connolly much time to get acclimated to Northridge soccer team. She is currently tied for second on the team with her two goals. Connolly recorded the game-winner against San Diego State and then successfully converted a penalty kick against LMU. A transfer from UNLV, Connolly had nine goals and seven assists in her three season with the Rebels.
We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game
Sophomore Heidi Farran's has made quite a leap in her production from her freshman season. Farran already has a goal and an assist in the young 2009 season. She picked up her first career tally at San Diego State and then picked up her first career helper on Farryn Townley's goal against LMU.
Updating Matadors in Season Openers
The Matadors are now 8-6-1 in their 15 season-opening contests after the 3-0 loss to San Diego. The loss also dropped their all-time road opener record to a 7-7-1. With the 3-0 victory over LMU, CSUN now owns a 7-6-2 record all time in home openers.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Leading the Matadors on the pitch and practice field for the 2009 season will be the team's three captains: Kellie Drenner, Katie Fox and Jasmine Pratt. All three are juniors and have earned the respect of their teammates in receiving the distinction. Drenner returns to the squad after missing all of 2008 due to injury and will add depth and experience to CSUN's goalkeepers. Fox and Pratt are defenders who appeared in all 19 games for CSUN in 2008. Fox added a pair of goals to her haul in 2008, finding the net against Pac 10 powers Arizona State and USC.
Matadors 5th in Preseason Poll
A preseason survey of the Big West Conference women's soccer coaches predicted a fifth-place finish for the Matadors in 2009. In the poll, CSUN received 33 points, one more than sixth-place Cal State Fullerton. UC Santa Barbara received five first-place votes and 75 points to become the preseason favorite. Long Beach State was second with 67 points and Cal Poly was third with 65 points. As it turns out, the Matadors will host the top three teams during the 2009 season.