Nov. 7, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Senior forward Devin Deldo picked a great time to earn his first two-goal game of his collegiate career as his goals in the second and 19th minute, in addition to another goal scored by senior midfielder Sunghyun Kim, helped Cal State Northridge (10-7-2, 5-4-1 BWC) defeat #20 UC Irvine (13-6-0, 5-4-1 BWC) 3-0 Saturday evening.
With the win, the Matadors clinched the #4 seed in this week's upcoming Big West Postseason Men's Soccer Tournament and earned another trip this Wednesday to Santa Barbara to face the top-seeded Gauchos.
The season series between the Matadors and Gauchos was split as each team recorded a shutout victory on their home pitch. Kick-off for Wednesday's rubber match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Northridge scoring spree started early in the match as Deldo took a cross on the left side of the penalty box from Kim and beat Irvine goalkeeper Victor Chinchilla in the third minute of the game to give CSUN an early 1-0 lead. The goal was the first of two goals scored in the game by Deldo, this shot helped Kim earn his team-high seventh assist of the season.
That initial advantage would soon double only eight minutes later when freshman midfielder Rene Anguiano dribbled the ball down the middle of the field and passed the ball to Kim who was streaking down the left-hand side of the field and fired another shot past Chinchilla to light up the scoreboard once again.
With momentum clearly on their side, CSUN continued to apply the pressure to the Anteaters and further extended their lead when Deldo scored his second goal of the season thanks to a well-placed crossing pass from Dylan Riley that soon found the back of the net for the third goal of the game.
The Northridge back-line came up with another brilliant performance as goalkeeper Michael Abalos only needed to make three saves to earn his fifth shutout in his inaugural season at Northridge.
Within a 20 minute time-span, the Matadors found themselves morph from another group of spectators witnessing UC Irvine's Senior Day ceremony to a team that ruined the party as Irvine never could recover from the lightning-quick deficit that took place on their own field.
Last season it was Irvine that dampened CSUN's Senior Day celebration as they broke a 1-1 tie in the 88th minute to not only defeat the Matadors on their own field, but eliminate them from participating in the inaugural Big West Postseason Tournament.
This season it was the Matadors that played the role of spoilers and dampened the evening's festive atmosphere; if Irvine were to defeat the Matadors they could have hosted a first round game in this week's Tournament. Now, thanks to Northridge, they will have to make the long drive north to San Luis Obispo to face the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Matador soccer fans are encouraged to visit www.GoMatadors.com to find all the latest information pertaining to the opening round of the Second Annual Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Tournament this Wednesday.