Nov. 9, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A total of six Matadors earned All-Big West Women's Soccer honors, the Big West Conference announced Tuesday. Farryn Townley, Brielle Slepicoff and Desiree Cardenas all earned All-Big West First Team honors, the most Matadors on the league's first team since the 2001 season.
Joining Townley, Slepicoff and Cardenas in receiving recognition from the league's coaches were Cynthia Jacobo (Second Team), Melissa Fernandez (Honorable Mention) and Sonia Espitia (Honorable Mention). The six Northridge selections match both the 1997 and 2009 squads for the most appointments in school history.
Northridge head coach Keith West was happy to see so many Matadors represented among the league's best players.
"It is nice to see so many of our players recognized for what was a highly successful season for this program," West said. "I am especially proud of all the work Farryn, Desiree and Brielle put in this year in order to earn First Team honors."
Townley enjoyed a stellar senior campaign in 2010, leading the team with seven goals and 15 points. She also set new school records for career goals (22) and career points (48) during the year and her three game-winning goals gave her 11 career game winners, tying her for eighth in Big West Conference history. Townley also earned First Team honors in 2009 and now joins former Matadors Leah Sims and Brianna Monka as the only players in school history to earn All-Big West First Team honors in consecutive seasons.
Slepicoff provided CSUN with superb defense from her left back position in 2010. She finished the year with one goal and one assist while appearing in all 21 matches for the Matadors. For her career, she now has two goals, six assists and 10 points. Slepicoff earned All-Big West Honorable Mention honors in 2009.
For Cardenas, the award caps off a highly successful two-year stint with the Matadors. In 2010, Cardenas anchored the Northridge midfield and finished with five goals and 10 points. The five goals tie her with seven former Matadors for 10th most in school history for a single season. In her two seasons with the Matadors, Cardenas tallied seven goals, two points and 16 points.
Jacobo repeated as the All-Big West Second Team goalkeeper, finishing the year with a 11-9 record. She also posted a 1.07 goals-against-average, 92 saves and seven shutouts in the 2010 season. For a single season, the seven clean sheets rank third and the 11 wins check in at second in school history. She also earned two Big West Player of the Week honors during the season.
Fernandez earned All-Big West Honorable Mention honors after finishing the year with one goal and a team-high five assists. The five assists tied her with nine former Matadors for the seventh-most assists in a single season in school history. She also scored her first career goal during the season, the game-winning strike against UC Davis on Oct. 1.
Espitia joined Fernandez with All-Big West Honorable Mention accolades, finishing her senior season with two goals, three assists and seven points. Both the three assists and seven points represented new career highs and Espitia also recorded her second career three-point game in the Matadors' first-ever victory over Cal Poly on Oct. 10. For her career, Espitia finished with four goals, seven assists and 15 points. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors in 2009.
For the year, CSUN tied a school record with its 12 wins and finished third in the Big West with a 5-3 mark and 15 points. During the season, the Matadors earned the program's first-ever victories over Pepperdine, San Diego and at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Matadors ended their 2010 season with a tough 2-1 loss at Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament on Nov. 4.