No. 3 Matadors Reaching New Heights
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-0-0) are more than just off to their best start since President Ronald Reagan was in office. After wins in their first six matches, the Matadors have vaulted back onto the national radar and are currently ranked third by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
"This is a product of our team building off of our results from last season," said CSUN head coach Terry Davila. "We continue to work hard and we are taking things one day at a time. We have been fortunate to get some breaks along the way but at the same time we are focused on moving forward and blessed to be in this position."
In addition to achieving the highest national ranking in school history, the Matadors also find themselves ranked first in six different team categories through the first three weeks of the season. Cal State Northridge leads the nation in goals scored (18), assists (23), points (59), assists per game (3.83), and points per game (9.83). CSUN is one of four remaining unbeaten and untied teams, but its 6-0-0 (1.000) record is unmatched in NCAA Division I soccer.
Individually, the Matadors boast players that rank in the Top 10 nationally in a number of statistical categories as well. Junior forward Sagi Lev-Ari is third in goals scored (7), points (15) and points per game (2.5) while checking in at fourth in goals per game (1.17). Senior midfielder Beto Velasquez is second in the country with four assists. Senior forward Brian Behrad finds himself fifth in goals (5) and eighth in points (11).
Cal State Northridge has a chance to make history this weekend at Matador Soccer Field when the team plays host to UNLV and No. 11 UCLA. The team enters the weekend with six-straight wins to open the season, which ranks second in the school record book behind the 1979 program (7-0-0). The Matadors will take on the Rebels on Friday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. and the Bruins on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. For ticket prices and information, click here.