Matadors Open Big West Season at Home against Aggies, Tigers

Sept. 30, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Begins 2010 League Campaign

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-5) opens its 2010 Big West Conference schedule with a pair of home matches this week, hosting UC Davis and Pacific. Back at .500 following the program's first ever victory over San Diego, the Matadors will face a pair of tough challenges as they strive towards another berth in the Big West playoffs.

The Matadors posted a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Toreros on Sept. 27, the program's first victory over USD in seven meetings. Senior Erin Kelly scored the only goal on a penalty kick in the fourth minute of action and sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo and the Northridge defense held the high-scoring Torero offense at bay to earn the shutout victory.

For Kelly, the goal was her second of the season, with both tallies coming off a set piece. In net, Jacobo earned her 10th career victory to tie former teammate Leah Elliott for fifth in school history. By making five saves, Jacobo now has 8.5 career shutouts and 3.5 clean sheets for the season. The 8.5 career clean sheets places her fourth in school history and the next shutout win puts her into a tie for second in school history.

UC Davis enters Friday's contest with a 5-3-1 record, having defeated San Francisco, 1-0, and Montana, 3-0, in action last week. Allison Kelly leads the Aggies with five goals and 10 points on the season. Lisa Kemp and Kiele Argente have a team-high three assists for the Aggies. In net, Kathleen Brandi has started all nine matches, posting a 1.27 goals-against-average, 25 saves and a .781 save percentage.

Pacific is 3-4-3 on the season having defeated Montana, 1-0, and tying Hawai'i, 0-0, in action last week. Six different Tigers have scored a goal on the season and Angelica Figueroa leads the team with three assists and five points. In net, Jill Megdovich owns a 1.04 goals-against-average, 23 saves and a .742 save percentage. The Tigers play at UC Irvine on Oct. 1.

Kelly's Heroes

Senior Erin Kelly picked up her second goal of the 2010 season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over San Diego on Sept. 27. After fellow senior Sonia Espitia was fouled in the penalty area, Kelly calmly stepped to the spot and delivered the game's only goal. Her first goal of the season came off a devastating free kick from roughly 30 yards out 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 three goals and an assist for seven career points. She has started every game of the 2010 season for CSUN thus far.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo picked up her fifth win of the season by making five saves in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over San Diego on Sept. 27. The win was the 10th of her career, tying her with former teammate Leah Elliott for fifth in school history. Jacobo also now has 8.5 career shutouts, which is fourth in school history, and the next shutout win will vault her into second in school history. In fact, nine of Jacobo's 10 career wins have been shutouts. 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. In just her second season with the Matadors, Jacobo now also ranks eighth with 75 career saves. 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.

Rewriting the History Books

The Matadors have made some history with their wins over West Coast Conference opponents Pepperdine and San Diego. The wins over the Waves and Toreros represent the program's first-ever victories in the respective series against the two schools. CSUN won for the first time in 10 chances with its' 2-1 victory against the Waves on Sept. 3. On Sept. 27, CSUN took a 1-0 victory over San Diego for its first win in seven chances.

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 87 career shots. In 2009, Townley earned All-Big West First Team honors after scoring nine goals, two assists and 20 points.

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.

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.

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.

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. The Matadors are 6-7 all time in their conference-opening matches, as the 1995 and 1006 squads did not participate in a conference season. Coach West is 2-2 in his career in Big West openers. Northridge defeated Cal Poly, 3-2, in the 2009 Big West opener for both teams.

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.