Matadors Head to Fullerton to Compete in Second Tournament of the Season
Sept. 3, 2008
Friday, Sept. 5 - vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 2:00 p.m. (Titan Stadium)
Sunday, Sept. 7 - vs. UNLV, 4:30 p.m. (Titan Stadium)
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK
Friday, Aug. 29 - Georgetown, L, 1-0
Sunday, Aug. 31 - Alabama A&M, W, 2-0
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After playing two tough games last weekend in the CSUN Tournament, the Cal State Northridge men's soccer team (1-1-0) will head to Cal State Fullerton this weekend to participate in their second of three tournaments this season.
Facing the Matadors this Friday afternoon will be the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in the first game between these two teams to take place at the Division I level. The `Runners travel to Fullerton looking for their first win of the season, while Matadors look to win their second straight game in the last week. Kickoff is scheduled to take place at Titan Stadium at 2:00.
On Sunday, the Matadors will take on a familiar foe as the Running Rebels of UNLV look to defeat Northridge for the first time in eight years. Last year these two teams faced one another in Las Vegas in a hard-fought contest that saw the Matadors escape the desert with a 1-0 victory. With the win the Matadors added another victory to their four-game winning streak against the Rebels, and look for their fifth straight win on Sunday at 4:30.
Both games will be video streamed live and can be accessed via the Big West Conference website (www.bigwest.org). An audio stream will also be available; fans who are interested in hearing either game can visit the Cal State Fullerton Athletics homepage http://fullertontitans.cstv.com/ for access or additional information.
UNLV, off to their best start since 2002, is led by forward Daniel Cruz, who has already tallied three goals in their first two games, and is responsible for all but one goal scored by the Rebels. Cruz will provide a stiff test for the Matador backline, a unit that had a strong performance against Georgetown and Alabama A&M last weekend.
If it weren't for an errant pass that deflected off the back of a Georgetown player, this unit would have posted back-to-back shutouts, as the accidental deflection into the Matador goal seems to have been the only thing this season that has eluded the grasp of the Matador defense.
The rest of the Matador offense is just as dangerous as they have more shots on goal (10-7), more total shots (25-21) and have more than twice as many corner kicks (10-4) than their opponents combined.
Next week the Matadors head to Milwaukee to participate in the 35th Annual Panther Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In their final tournament of the season, the Matadors face an all-Wisconsin opposition as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers (9/12 at 3:00p.m.) and the host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (9/14 at 12:30p.m.).