November 1, 2008

Matadors Defeat UC Riverside 3-1

Nov. 1, 2008

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Erupting for three goals in the second-half, with two scored within three minutes from one another, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-6-4, 3-2-3 BWC) came from behind to defeat the UC Riverside Highlanders (4-12-1, 1-7-0 BWC) at UCR Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon.

With the win, CSUN earns three critical points in the Big West Conference standings, and currently occupies fourth-place, two points ahead of a UC Irvine squad that will face the #14-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, in Santa Barbara later on tonight.

In order to take back the fourth position from the Matadors, UC Irvine will need to defeat the Gauchos; a tie or a loss will keep CSUN in fourth-place heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Highlanders were the first team to light up the scoreboard as defenseman Joel Crompton converted on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute to give UC Riverside an early 1-0 lead.

The Matadors kept their poise and composure, and evened up the game at one apiece when midfielder Sunghyun Kim scored his fifth goal of the season off a crossing pass from the foot of midfielder Christopher Leiva.

Just three minutes later, Matador midfielder Nicholas Hamilton headed in his first goal of the season in what would become the eventual game-winning goal.

Matador forward Cameron Sims gave his team a little extra cushion on the scoreboard as he headed in another crossing pass, this time from defenseman Dylan Riley (5 a), to extend the lead to 3-1.

Northridge was able to fire off 24 shots against the Highlanders, the second-highest total this season, and in the process earned their first road victory of the season. With their three-goal performance, the Matadors now have a 6-1-2 record whenever they score two or more goals in one match.

Adding six more saves to his tally, Matador goalkeeper Kevin Guppy earned his seventh win of the season, and raised his save percentage to .791 in the process against the Highlanders. Guppy now stand 24 saves shy of breaking yet another Matador record set by former netminder Christian Perez (1997-2000).

The Matadors final road game of the season will take place next Wednesday, November 5th as they return to Titan Stadium to face Cal State Fullerton. Soccer fans can follow all the action live beginning at 7:00 p.m. live in-person, on-line through Gametracker, or via streaming video provided by CBS College Sports.

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