Nov. 10, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A school-tying record six Matadors were selected to the All-Big West Conference Team, the league announced Tuesday. Leading the way in the awards for CSUN were goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo, who earned Freshman of the Year honors, and Head Coach Keith West, who was named Big West Coach of the Year.
West helped lead the Matadors to a 10-10 overall record and a 6-2 mark in Big West play. CSUN earned the second seed in the Big West Tournament and hosted their first playoff game in school history. The six league wins tied a school record and West joins Terry Davila (2004) as the only recipients of the honor in school history.
"I am very humbled by this award and want to thank the team and coaching staff for all their help throughout the season. Without them, none of this would be possible," West said. "The honor is extremely rewarding and this team and the coaches worked hard all season to achieve our success."
Jacobo, who gave up her redshirt before starting at UC Davis, recorded five-straight league shutouts to start her NCAA career. Three of those shutouts were on the road and she posted a shutout streak of over 550 minutes. Her 0.30 goals-against-average was the best in school history for a single season and her five shutouts tied for the fifth-most in school history.
"I am very excited and happy to receive this award," Jacobo said. "I played with a great group of girls this season and it was amazing to get out on the field and contribute to our team's success this year."
Making the all-league team were six Matadors, tying the 1999 squad for the most individuals selected. Junior Farryn Townley earned All-Big West First Team honors after tying a school record with nine goals. She led the team with 20 points on the year, which tied for the third-most by an individual in a single season, and leads the league with five game-winning goals.
"Well, this is a great surprise and I am very thankful to be recognized by the conference," Townley said. "This year's team was the best I'd been a part of at CSUN and I am proud of all my teammates for what we accomplished this season."
On the second team, three Matadors earned the recogntion: midfielder Sonia Espitia, defender Katie Fox and Jacobo. Espitia set a new career high with her six points, coming on two goals and two assists. She appeared in all 20 games and also had the game-winning goal against LMU on Aug. 27. Fox also appeared in all 20 games, finishing with one assist and helping to anchor a stout Matador defense that recorded five shutouts in league play.
Two Matadors earned Honorable Mention honors, sophomores Heidi Farran and Brielle Slepicoff. Farran tallied a career-high four goals and nine points, recording two game-winning goals against league opponents. Slepicoff appeared in 19 matches for CSUN in 2009, recording two assists.