Oct. 8, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Matadors Starts Conference Road Season against Tigers, Aggies
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (4-5) hits the road for its next four Big West Conference matches, beginning with a trip to Northern California to face Pacific and UC Davis. The Matadors split their games last week, defeating Cal Poly in the conference season opener, 3-2, before falling to UC Santa Barbara by the same result.
Junior Farryn Townley scored in both matches for the Matadors to increase her goal total to six for the season. Junior Desiree Cardenas and sophomore Heidi Farran had the other goals for Northridge and the Matadors overcame injuries to two goalkeepers to post the victory over the Mustangs.
Now the Matadors must take their act on the road, hoping to steal a few points in order to stay in contention for a spot in the Big West Championships. First up is a match with league-leading Pacific. The Tigers defeated Long Beach State, 1-0, last week in their only contest and now stand at 7-3-2 for the season. Maricela Padilla leads Pacific with eight goals and 18 points, while Angelica Figueora has a team-leading seven assists to go along with five goals and 17 points. The Tigers have surrendered only 11 goals all season, helping Jill Medigovich pot a 0.92 goals-against-average and a .771 save percentage with four shutouts and 37 saves.
On Sunday, the Matadors face UC Davis, who dropped a pair of 2-1 decisions last week, including a loss at Long Beach State in its only league match. The Aggies certainly provide lots of firepower on offense, as they are second in the league in goals and third in points. Rochelle VanBuskirk leads UCD and the conference with her 11 goals and 26 points. Marisa Boge is second on the team with five goals and 13 points. In net, Sarah Peters has played the majority of minutes and brings a 1.19 GAA and a .714 save percentage into the match.
A look at the all-time series between Northridge and Pacific and UC Davis reveals two very close records. Northridge is 5-4-1 all-time agaisnt Pacific, including a 2-1 victory last year at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors and Aggies are tied up at 3-3 all-time, with Northridge claiming the 100th victory in school history when it defeated UCD, 2-0, in 2008.
Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley
Junior Farryn Townley added another pair of goals to her season, scoring against both Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara last week. Townley now leads the team and ranks third in the Big West with six goals on the season. She also leads the team and checks in at sixth in the conference with 12 points for the year. Career-wise, Townley now has 12 goals, good enough to tie her with Susie Mischenko for fifth in school history. Her 24 career points also cracks the CSUN all-time top 10, checking in at 10th in school history.
Russ to the Rescue
Redshirt freshman Katie Russ played an unexpected role in the Matadors' 3-2 victory over Cal Poly. After injuries knocked out CSUN's top two goalkeepers, Russ left her center back position and assumed the duties in net. In the process, she earned the victory for the Matadors, playing the final 28 minutes and allowing only one goal. Russ has started all 12 games for Northridge in her first official season with the team.
Cardenas Transfers Talent to CSUN
Junior Desiree Cardenas recorded a three-point game in the win over Cal Poly, heading home her second goal of the season and picking up the game-winning assist on Farryn Townley's goal. Cardenas now has six points (2 G, 2A) on the season, good for the second most on the team.
We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game
Sophomore Heidi Farran's picked up her second goal of the season in the victory over Cal Poly. Early in the match, Farran broke through the Mustang defense and was taken down in the penalty area to set up a penalty kick. Farran measured the attempt successfully, giving CSUN an early lead it would not relinquish. For the year, Farran has two goals, one assist and five points.
Junior Sonia Espitia added another point to her already career-high five against Cal Poly, looping in a corner kick that Desiree Cardenas headed home for the second goal of the match. The assist was Espitia's second of the season, tying her for the team lead, and giving her a career-high six points on the year. She now has four career assists.
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.
I Got It at Ross
Senior Kelley Ross is tied for the team lead with her two assists. One of three seniors on the CSUN roster, Ross has started all 12 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 67 matches and made 41 starts.
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.