Sept. 22, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Northridge Faces Challenge from San Diego at Matador Soccer Field
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (4-5) hosts San Diego in a non-conference match on the eve of the 2010 Big West season. The Matadors figure to have a busy week when the Toreros on Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field. Just four days later, CSUN will begin its 2010 league campaign with home contests against UC Davis (Oct. 1, 7 p.m.) and Pacific (Oct. 3, 1 p.m.).
When the Matadors and Toreros meet on the field Monday night, it will have been eight days since Northridge last saw action, a 5-0 loss at No. 6 Texas A&M. In fact, despite being outscored 10-3 in their last five contests, the Matadors won two of those games. Still, CSUN and head coach Keith West know that with the start of the 2010 Big West season looming, the Matadors' offense must improve.
Farryn Townley and Brittanie Sakajian continue to lead the Matadors in scoring, each having posted six points on the season. With three goals in 2010, Townley remains two goals shy of setting a new school record in career goals. Sakajian has been a bright spot for West due to her offensive production, leading the team with two assists. She also scored the game-winning goal in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over UNLV on Sept. 12.
Four other Matadors (Sonia Espitia, Brielle Slepicoff, Erin Kelly and Desiree Cardenas) have also found the back of the net for Northridge in 2010. Noticeably absent from that list is junior Heidi Farran, a 2009 All-Big West Honorable Mention who scored four goals and had nine points last year. She has battled injury thus far, but still has plenty of time left to make an impact in 2010.
San Diego represents yet another formidable foe for CSUN. The Toreros are 5-2-2 overall and own wins over USC, Michigan and Marquette. Stephanie Ochs leads the team with five goals and 12 points. Northridge has never defeated San Diego in women's soccer in six meetings. Monday's match will be only the second time the two teams have met in Northridge. San Diego plays at No. 15 UCLA on Sept. 24.
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 86 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 on Sept. 13 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 70 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 Barbara picked up her first career assist in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over UNLV on Sept. 12. Originally from Chula Vista, Calif., Barbara sent in a long cross from the right that an unmarked Brittanie Sakajian headed home in the 64th minute of action.
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.
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.