NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge men's soccer program welcomed back its alumni for an annual exhibition on Saturday night at Matador Soccer Field. Nearly 30 former players returned to campus to mingle with the coaching staff and current Matador squad before facing off in an alumni-only scrimmage in front of friends, family and fans.
Following afternoon practice for the 2012 Matadors, the team served as spectators and designated goalkeepers to allow the alumni to split into two teams for the friendly. Head coach Terry Davila and assistant coach Peter Bomar competed on one side against associate head coach Yossi Raz and volunteer assistant Zachary Feldman, all former Northridge soccer stars.
Additional alumni that made appearances in the match were Ed Burns, Robert Pate, Adolfo Perez, Thor Lee, Chad Borak and Robby Shapiro. More recent graduates Rafael Garcia and Sean Franklin spent their night off from their duties with LA Galaxy to battle for alumni supremacy in what was, fittingly, a high-scoring draw.
"We look forward to this," said Perez. "You get to see friends you've known for many years and get the opportunity to play a little soccer and, most importantly, be around these guys."
"It was a lot of fun to come out here and play with everyone that has contributed to Northridge's success and community over the years," added Pate.
"It's been 22 years since I've played under the lights at Northridge," said Burns. "It's nice to see the young guys and the old guys playing the same style of soccer here."