Nov. 1, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After setting a new school record for career points, senior forward Farryn Townley was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Townley scored goals in both Matador victories last week, collecting her school-record 46th career point with the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
In the win against Cal State Fullerton, Townley started the scoring in the 39th minute. She collected a pass from Melissa Fernandez, split the defense and buried a shot to the far post to set the school record. Two days later, Townley opened the scoring again, cleaning up a rebound from a Fernandez blast in the ninth minute of action.
"It feels awesome to receive this award. I spent a lot of time debating whether I would come back for this season, but getting to compete with such an amazing group of teammates and get some of these school records definitely made it all worth it," Townley said.
One of the most accomplished players in Northridge history, Townley now owns the school record for career goals (22) and career points (48). In 2010, she leads the team with seven goals, three game-winning goals and 17 points. She adds to that an assist and 39 shots and her 11 career game-winning goals is tied for eighth in Big West Conference history.
"I think these wins give us some confidence going into Thursday's match at Long Beach State. Most importantly, I hope it helped us realize that we can accomplish anything," Townley added.
This is the second time this season that Townley has been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week. She also received the award on Sept. 13 after heading home the game-winning goal in the Matadors' 1-0, double-overtime victory over Kansas in Las Vegas.
Her head coach, Keith West, saw the goal spurt coming from his senior striker.
"I am very happy for Farryn and I think she's catching stride at just the right moment of the season," West said. "I could see from her play in some games leading up to last week's contests that she was on the verge of scoring some goals for us."
In 2009, Townley tied a school record with nine goals and finished with 20 points, the third-most in school history, en route to All-Big West First Team honors.
Townley, West and the Matadors return to action Thursday in the Big West Semifinals. CSUN will travel to Long Beach State for a 3 p.m. match. The winner of that contest will face the winner of the Pacific-UC Irvine contest also on Thursday with the Big West Final set for Sunday, Nov. 7.