Matadors Travel To Long Beach State for Big West Semifinal Match

Nov. 2, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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CSUN Meets 49ers with Berth in Big West Finals at Stake

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (12-8, 5-3 Big West) travels to Long Beach State for a Big West Semifinal match on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. at George Allen Field. The Matadors enter the Big West Tournament as the three seed, having amassed 15 points during the league's calendar. This is the second-straight year that CSUN has participated in the event and the third time in school history.

Last week, CSUN wrapped up the third seed with a 2-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 28. Senior Farryn Townley set the school record for career points with her game-winning goal. Sophomore Katie Russ added her first career goal, Melissa Fernandez assisted on both goals and Cynthia Jacobo made a career-high nine saves for her seventh shutout of the season.

Northridge concluded the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Seattle on Senior Day. Townley scored in the ninth minute and Brittanie Sakajian added a pair of second-half goals as the Matadors tied a school record with their 12th win of the season. In the win over the Redhawks, sophomores Marie Hirsch and Marisa Miller recorded their first assists of the season and Fernandez added her team-leading fourth helper of the year.

Up now for the Matadors is a meeting with Long Beach State on Nov. 4 at George Allen Field. The 49ers clinched the second seed in the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Pacific on Oct. 29. Nadia Link leads the team with eight goals and 17 points while Lindsay Bullock has seven goals and three assists on the season. Long Beach State edged Northridge in their earlier meeting this season, taking a 2-1 victory on Oct. 24. Bullock and Bo Rael had the 49er goals, both on headers, while CSUN's Heidi Farran tallied her first goal of the season.

Townley Sets School Record in Career Goals and Points

Senior Farryn Townley scored in both Matador contests last week, setting a new school record for career points. She now has 48 points (22 goals, 4 assists) since arriving at Northridge from Palmdale, Calif. Townley also owns the school record for career goals, sitting at 22 entering Thursday's contest at Long Beach State. She is also tied for eighth in Big West Conference history with 11 career game-winning goals. She is now sixth in school history with 107 career shots. For the season, Townley leads the team with seven goals, tied for the sixth-most in school history for a single season, and 15 points, tied for eighth in school history for a single season. Townley also adds four career assists to her stat line and was a 2009 All-Big West First Team selection after finishing with nine goals, tying a school record, two assists and 20 points.

Fernandez Finds Finishing Form

Sophomore Melissa Fernandez had three assists in the Matadors' two victories last week, raising her season total to a team-high four. She adds to that a goal and six points and has 30 shots for the season. She recorded her first collegiate goal in dramatic fashion, collecting the game-winning goal in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over UC Davis. Orignally from Granada Hills, Calif., Fernandez corralled a cross from Amanda Smith and buried the ball past the Aggies' goalkeeper in the 65th minute.

Hit Me Baby One More Time

Freshman Brittanie Sakajian scored twice in the Matadors' 3-1 victory over Seattle on Halloween, the first multi-goal game of her career and for the Matadors in the 2010 season. She collected crosses from Marie Hirsch and Marisa Miller in the 66th and 90th minute, respectively, and buried them past the Redhawks' goalkeeper. For the season, Sakajian has four goals, tied for second-most on the team, two assists and 10 points, also the second-most on the squad. She also has two game-winning goals and 17 shots in the 2010 season.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo recorded her 11th win and seventh shutout of the season in the Matadors' 2-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton. She made a career-high nine saves agaisnt the Titans to give her 88 for the season, the sixth-most in school history for a single season. The seven shutouts and 11 wins rank third and second, respectively, in school history for a single season. For the season, Jacobo is 11-8 with a 1.03 goals-against-average and an .815 save percentage. In 2009, she earned Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West Second Team honors. Finally, her 1,753 minutes in net already ranks second in school history for a single season.

Doing Things the Galarze Way

Sophomore Stephanie Galarze had a goal and assist in the Matadors' 2-1 victory at Cal State Bakersfield. She broke a 1-1 tie in the 83rd minute of action, cleaning up her own rebound for her first career goal. For the season, Galarze has a goal, two assists and four points. She also has 11 shots for the season and is the seventh different Matador to record a game-winning goal in the 2010 season. Her first career point came on an assist in the Matadors' 2-0 victory at Cal Poly.

Sonia's Story

Senior Sonia Espitia earned her third assist of the season in the Matadors' 2-1 loss at Long Beach State. The three helpers represent a new career high for a single season for Espitia and also lead the team in 2010. Espitia recorded her second career three-point game and game-winning goal in the Matadors' 2-0 win at Cal Poly. For the season, Espitia has two goals, three assists and seven points. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors for her play in 2009, which included two goals and two assists. For her career, Espitia has four goals, seven assists and 15 points.

Cardenas Transfers talent to CSUN

Senior Desiree Cardenas scored her fourth goal of the season in the Matadors' win at Cal State Bakersfield, burying a feed from Stephanie Galarze in the 17th minute. That total puts her second on the team in 2010 and her eight points places her third on the squad. She picked up her first career game-winning goal in the Matadors' win against Saint Joseph's and then added another game winner in the 1-0 victory against Pacific. For her career, Cardenas has six goals, two assists and 14 points.

We Interrupt this Jets-Raiders Game...

Junior Heidi Farran scored her first goal of the season in the Matadors' 2-1 loss at CS Long Beach. She collected a cross from Sonia Espitia and buried it past the 49ers goalkeeper in the 24th minute. She has 12 shots for the year, putting eight on goal. In 2009, Farran earned All-Big West Honorable Mention after finishing with four goals and an assist.

Rewriting The History Books

The Matadors have made some history with their wins in the 2010 season. First, CSUN defeated a pair of West Coast Conference opponents, Pepperdine and San Diego, for the program's first wins ever over the two programs. Then, on Oct. 10, CSUN recorded its first win in school history in San Luis Obispo with a 2-0 victory against the Mustangs. 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.

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 all but one game in the 2010 season for CSUN thus far.

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.