Matadors Host UC Santa Barbara Thursday at 1 p.m. in Big West Tournament

Nov. 3, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Prepares for First Home Playoff Game in Program History

For the first time in school history, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team will host a match in the Big West Tournament, taking on UC Santa Barbara Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field. Northridge has reeled off five-straight shutouts against league opponents, earning the second seed in the four-team tournament. The winner of the event receives an automatic berth into the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Last week, Northridge took care of business on senior day, defeating Long Beach State. Sophomore Heidi Farran scored her second game-winning goal in as many matches and fourth of the season in the 11th minute of action. Redshirt freshman Katie Russ and Farryn Townley had the assists on the play. In net, freshman Cynthia Jacobo continued her outstanding play by making four saves to record her fifth-straight shutout. Since giving up her redshirt prior to the UC Davis contest, Jacobo has played over 504 minutes without allowing a goal.

The tournament begins Thursday when UCSB pays its second visit to Matador Soccer Field in 2009. On Oct. 4, the Gauchos took a narrow 3-2 victory over the Matadors, getting the deciding goal in the final five minutes after CSUN had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the match.

The Gauchos finished the regular season with an 8-9-2 overall record and a 5-2-1 mark in the league. Kailyn Kugler leads the team with 23 points on the season, courtesy of a team-high nine goals and five assists. Jacqui Simon and Katy Roby have each scored three times and Kylie McDonald has a team-high seven assists. In net, Tammy Lenham has posted a 7-3-1 record with four shutouts in 13 appearances. She sports a 0.91 goals-against-average with a .796 save percentage.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Tickets for Thursday's game will be $10 for adults 13 and older, $5 for college students with I.D., children under age 12 and seniors over 60 years old. There will also be free tickets given to the first 50 CSUN students starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the A.S. Ticket Office in the USU. All fans in attendance are required to purchase a game ticket.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Junior Farryn Townley picked up her second assist of the season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Long Beach State. For the year, Townley leads the team with eight goals and 18 points, numbers that rank fourth and third in the Big West Conference, respectively. She also leads the league with five game-winning goals and her 18 season points rank fifth in school history. For her career, Townley has 12 goals, tied for the fifth-most in the league, and 26 points, the 10th-most in school history. She also leads the team with 34 shots on the season.

Jacobo & Myers

Freshman Cynthia Jacobo made four saves in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Long Beach State to extend her shutout streak to over 500 minutes. She has now recorded five-straight shutouts over Big West Conference opponents and has 21 saves on the season. Those five shutouts rank fifth in the league and are tied for the fifth-most in single season in school history. She gave up her redshirt prior to the UC Davis match on Oct. 11.

We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game

Sophomore Heidi Farran recorded her second game-winning goal in as many contests Sunday, scoring the match's only goal in Northridge's 1-0 victory over Long Beach State. For the year, Farran has a career-high four goals and nine points and is third on the team with 24 shots.

Russ to the Rescue

Redshirt freshman Katie Russ picked up her first career point in CSUN's victory over Long Beach State, assisting on Heidi Farran's game-winning goal. Russ's season took an interesting turn when she 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 18 games for Northridge in her first official season with the team.

It Was All a Dream

It has not taken senior Niki Connolly much time to get acclimated to Northridge soccer team. In the match at Cal State Fullerton, Connolly collected a loose ball in the Titans' 18 and blasted it into the open net to give CSUN the 1-0 victory at Titan Stadium, the program's first ever. She now is third on the team with her three goals and seven points. She is also second on the team with 26 shots and has two game-winning goals. A transfer from UNLET, Connolly had nine goals and seven assists for the Rebels in three seasons.

If I had a Ver-Million Dollars

Senior Sydney Vermillion collected her second assist of the season on Farryn Townley's game-winning goal at UC Riverside. A mainstay on the Matador defense in all four seasons of her career, Vermillion has appeared in all 19 matches thus far in 2009 and has played in 75 matches for her career, tied for the most in school history. She is on pace to pass Rachel Gillis (2003-07) for the most career appearances in school history since the Matadors have qualified for their first Big West Tournament since 2004.

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 fourth-most on the team.

Sonia's Story

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.

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 18 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 73 matches and made 46 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.

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