Oct. 31, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Knowing that anything short of a victory would dampen their chances of making the Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Tournament, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (8-7-2, 3-4-1 BWC) attacked the UC Riverside net throughout the entire game and left Matador Field with a 4-1 victory.
The barrage of Matador goals began in the 22nd minute of the match when forward Robert Pate one-timed a Matador rebound into the left-hand side of the net to beat Highalnder goalkeeper Alex Abelson. The rebound originated from the foot of Mattias Bonvehi just a few second prior to the goal as Bonvehi's shot bounced hard off the crossbar and ricocheted towards Pate.
Pate's goal was his third of the season with Bonvehi earning his first of three assists on the afternoon on the play.
CSUN was able to hole the one goal advantage until Riverside midfielder Joel Garcia scored his third goal of the season in the 42nd minute. With one swing of his leg, Garcia snatched all the momentum away from the Matadors and evened up the score.
If the Matadors were disappointed by the sudden turn of events, the team did not outwardly display any of those emotions as they began the second half looking to net the game-winner.
Going into the locker room at half, CSUN outshot their opponents by a 10-4 margin. Once play began in the second half, soccer fans in attendance witnessed another 45 minutes of action that saw the men in red outshoot their opponents once again by an 11-8 margin, and score on three of those occasions.
Beginning with Chad Borak's game-winning goal in the 55th minute, his first of the season, the Matadrs were able to find the back of the net three times within 12 minutes.
After Borak took Bonvehi's crossing pass and scored from fove yards out, forward Daniel Yoon was able to increase the Northridge lead only four minutes later with his first goal of the season that beat Abelson to his left.
Forward Cameron Sims completed the scoring spree when midfielder Sunghyun Kim found him right in front of the Highlander net, and threaded a pass through the Highlander backline to set up the final Matador scoring opportunity of the day.
The goal was Sims' team-high sixth of the season, with his teammate earning his team-high sixth assist of the season.
But it was Bonvehi who finished the game with one of his most sollid performances as a Matador as his three assists in one game now stands as not only a season-high mark, but the most assists collected in one game by a Matador this decade.
Cal State Northridge will close their 2009 home schedule this Wednesday afternoon against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. With both teams in the hunt for one of the four postseason tournament spots, Wednesday's game will serve as a de facto elimination game as the winner of that match-up has the inside edge in extending their season.
There will also be a pre-game ceremony to honor the ten members of the 2009 senior class as this group will be competing in the final regular season game of their respective collegiate careers at Matador Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., fans should arrive at least 20 minutes early to secure their seats to witness the senior day festivities.