Sept. 24, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Matadors Renew Rivalry with Bruins Looking for First Win in Series Since 1996
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (4-5) remains at Matador Soccer Field for its only game this week, a meeting with nationally-ranked UCLA (6-1-1). The Matadors won their only game last week, taking a 1-0 decision over Hawai'i on Sept. 18. Junior Farryn Townley scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a pass from senior Niki Connolly.
In net, junior Kellie Drenner excelled against the Rainbow Wahine, recording a career-high 12 saves to earn the shutout. She had eight stops in the first half and added four in the second to finish with the second-most saves in a single game in school history.
This week, Northridge hosts No. 3 UCLA, a squad that recorded a 6-1 victory over Utah and a 5-0 win against Missouri in Los Angeles last weekend. The victory over the Tigers came with a price however; Bruins head coach Jillian Ellis and sophomore Sydney Leroux both received red cards in the match and will be unavailable for Friday's contest. Also likely to miss Friday's contest is UCLA senior Lauren Cheney, who will be in training with the USA National Team.
Even without Leroux and Cheney, UCLA still packs plenty of firepower throughout the pitch. Kristina Larsen has six goals, three assists and 15 points through eight matches, trailing only Leroux's 17 points for the team lead. Additionally, Kara Lang adds three goals and Zakiya Bywaters has registered four assists. In net, Chante' Sandiford has appeared in seven matches this season, allowing only three goals and sporting a 0.43 goals-against-average and a .875 save percentage.
UCLA leads the all-time series between the two schools, 4-1, having taken the last three matches in the series. Northridge's victory in the series stems from a 2-1 win at Matador Soccer Field on Sept. 10, 1996.
Red Rally Event
The Matadors match with the Bruins will be part of the Red Rally T-Shirt giveaway. These events are sponsored by the Union Program Council of the University Student Union. The first 50 CSUN students with I.D. to arrive at each game receive a free T-shirt. In addition, there will be new prizes for students that arrive to game in their Red Rally T-Shirt. The concession stand will also be selling $1 hot dogs, limit two per customer, for the contest against the Bruins.
Home Sweet Home
The Matadors are in the midst of a four-game homestand when the host crosstown rival UCLA. Next week, CSUN opens up its 2009 Big West slate with matches against Cal Poly (Oct. 2) and UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 4). Since 2004, the Matadors have posted a 30-11-3 (.716) 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 continues to pace the Matadors on the offensive side of the pitch. Against Hawai'i, Townley recorded her team-leading fourth goal of the season and second game-winning goal of the year. She currently ranks in a tie for fourth in the Big West Conference with the four goals and she is also tied for seventh with her eight points on the season. For her career, Townley now has 10 career goals, which ties her with Heather Schou (1995-97) for the seventh-most in school history. She also leads the team with 18 shots.
The Drenner Strikes Back
Junior Kellie Drenner has now started the three of the last four games for Northridge and made 12 saves in CSUN's 1-0 victory to post her second win of the season. The 12 stops tied teammate Leah Elliott for the second-most saves in a single game in school history. For the season, Drenner is 2-1 with a 0.39 goals-against-average, a .952 save percentage and 1.5 shutouts. Drenner missed the entire 2008 season due to injury, but due to her diligence in getting back out on the field, she was named a team captain prior to the start of the 2009 season.
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 and five points. Connolly picked up her first assist in a Matador uniform against Hawai'i, delivering a cross to Farryn Townley for the game-winning goal. A transfer from UNLV, Connolly had nine goals and seven assists in her three season with the Rebels.
Junior Sonia Espitia has certainly made a case for all-conference recognition based upon her play in the non-conference season. A devastatingly fast outside midfielder, Espitia has already scored her first two career goals and has a career-high five points. She also picked up an assist on Farryn Townley's game-winning goal against Vermont. She now has three career assists.
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 nine 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 64 matches and made 38 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.
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.
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.