Cal State Northridge Hosts Matador Invitational This Weekend

Sept. 10, 2009

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Matador Invitational at Cal State Northridge

Friday, September 11: CSU-Fullerton vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1:30 p.m. (Matador Field) - GameTracker

                             Matadors vs. Fairleigh-Dickinson, 4:30 p.m. (Matador Field) - GameTracker

Sunday, September 13: CSU-Fullerton vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 11:00 a.m. (Matador Field) - GameTracker

                             Matadors vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1:30 p.m. (Matador Field) - GameTracker


Sunday, September 6 vs. LMU, W, 1-0


NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors will return to Matador Field this weekend to host the Matador Invitational, as they welcome in the Cal State Fullerton Titans, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers and the Fairleigh-Dickinson Knights for a four-team tournament. 

On Friday, the Titans will face the Panthers in the inaugural game of the tournament at 1:30 p.m., which will be followed by the Matadors and the Knights at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the final two games of the tournament will take place with the Titans and Knights meeting at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Matadors versus the Panthers at 1:30 p.m. 

Northridge faced UW-Milwaukee last September in the Panther Invitational and will be trying to avenge a 1-0 loss.


The Knights are 2-0-0 in 2009 after winning two home match-ups against Manhattan and Hofstra by the respective scores of 1-0 and 4-1 last week. The Knights had a strong 2008, as they finished with a 13-6-2 overall record, a 6-2-1 in-conference record, a Northeast Conference tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Fairleigh-Dickinson had one of the more potent offences in the NEC last season, averaging 1.90 goals a game. One of the key players in the Knights offensive attack is sophomore midfielder Paul King, who earned an All-NEC Second Team honor in 2008. King is off to a quick start this season with three goals and one assist through two games. Freshman Dominic Reinold also has enjoyed a good start, already tallying two goals and two assists. 

Series History: NONE


After traveling to Wisconsin last season to compete in UW-Wisconsin's tournament, it is the Panther's turn to travel and face the Matadors in tournament play. Through three games, the Panthers are 1-2-0 thus far this season after dropping their opener at Marquette by a 1-0 decision and splitting two games last weekend at the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. The Panthers picked up their first win in 2009 with a 1-0 victory over Western Illinois last Friday, but Milwaukee would fall 2-1 on Sunday to Virginia Tech. Milwaukee is fielding a young roster this season with only two seniors on the team and seven total upperclassmen. One of the key lowerclassmen is sophomore forward Eric Frazier, who is coming off a freshman year where he totaled six goals, four assists and 16 points. Juniors Greg Rosenthal and Robert Refai each have one goal thus far this season, with the latter currently leading the team with a total of three shots on goal.

Series History: Matadors Trail 0-1

Home Record: 0-0-0, Away Record: 0-1-0, Neutral Record: 0-0-0

Last Away Meeting: 9/14/08 - Matadors 0, UW-Milwaukee 1


Even though the Matadors will not compete against them this weekend, the Cal State Fullerton Titans will travel to Matador Field as the fourth team participating in the tournament. The Titans are 1-1-0 on the season, splitting their two games at the Ohio State tournament. Fullerton won their opener last Friday with an overtime victory over Penn State but would fall on Sunday to Ohio State on a late goal for a 2-1 loss. Leading the way early on for Fullerton is a pair of upperclassmen, 2008 All-Big West Honorable Mention Celso Alvarez and Jamall Farquharson, who each have a goal apiece this season. The 2009 Fullerton roster is very similar to the 2008 team, with a total of 23 Titan returnees and only five newcomers. Among the key returnees is senior midfielder Shay Spitz, who scored four goals and had three helpers a season ago. Fellow senior Mike Sanders also returns, after receiving an All-BWC First Team nod in 2008.


With four days to learn from their experience against the San Diego Toreros, Northridge opened up their home schedule against their cross-county rivals, the Loyola Marymount Lions last week. After an evenly-matched first half of competition, Moy Gomez became the first Matador to score in `09 off a pass that thread its way across the penalty area from Sunghyun Kim to the foot of Gomez who was charging towards the goal, beating the `keeper to his right on the play. That one goal was the only time the scoreboard was lit on the afternoon as Matador goalkeeper Brandon Ibarra earned his first shutout of the season. 


Having produced numbers that have increased in his first three season at Northridge, midfielder Sunghyun Kim has amassed 42 points on 15 goals and 12 assists throughout his collegiate career. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif. has started in 53 of the 57 games he has competed in, and is the only senior in the entire conference who has earned All-Big West honors during his first three seasons as a student-athlete. In `06 Kim was named to the Second Team as a freshman, received Honorable Mention honors his sophomore season, and followed that with a spot on the First Team last season. 


Last Sunday's game against Loyola Marymount, the first of eight regular-season home games scheduled to take place in `09, was the eleventh home-opener for the Matadors under the tutelage of head coach Terry Davila. With the 1-0 win against the Lions, Davila increased his record to 8-3-0 in home openers. 


Last season, seniors Devin Deldo, Moy Gomez, and sophomore Rafael Garcia all missed a number of games due to injury. After each underwent grueling rehabilitation sessions throughout the off-season, all three student-athletes were directly involved on every goal scored by CSUN this season. In the Matadors' exhibition game against UNLV, Deldo ended up heading in the equalizing goal, while teammate Garcia netted the game-winning shot with just a few minutes left in regulation. Even though their goals will not count since they took place in an exhibition contest, the goal scored by Gomez in the Matadors' regular-season home-opener will go down in the record books as the first one scored by a Northridge player in 2009.


In 2008, goalkeeper Brandon Ibarra served as a backup to the Big West Co-Goalkeeper of the Year. This season, Ibarra earned the starting spot as the Matadors' keeper, and in his second game as a member of the starting 11, the redshirt-sophomore picked up the first shutout of his career in front of his home fans in CSUN's 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount.


In 2008, defenseman Matthew Chavez was the only freshman to start a game for Coach Davila. Chavez played in 15 of the 17 matches, and was named to the starting line-up on ten of those 15 occasions. This season, freshman midfielder Rene Anguiano became the first and only first-year player to earn a spot in the starting lineup against both San Diego on the road and at home against LMU.


College Soccer News recently released their annual top-100 freshman to watch in 2009, with five Big West freshman receiving accolades from the publication. Out of the five, CSUN's own Luis Gil was amongst some of the most talented freshmen in the nation to watch. The native from Fillmore, Calif. will play midfield this season, and made his unofficial Matador debut against UNLV last week.


Even though the season is only two games deep for CSUN, the Matadors have outshot and drawn a higher amount of corner kicks than their opponents. So far in 2009, Northridge holds a 30-19 advantage in shots, and eight more corner kicks than their two opponents combined (15-9). Last season, the Matadors possessed  8-2-0 record whenever they took more shots than their opponents, and a 5-3-0 record when they drew more corner kicks.


With the start of the regular season about to take place, the Cal State Northridge men's soccer team received 32 points and a first-place vote in the Big West Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. UC Santa Barbara received 45 points and four first-place votes to become the preseason favorite. UC Irvine picked up 40 points and two first-place votes for second and Cal Poly checked in at third with 34 points. UC Davis checked in at fifth with 20 points, while Cal State Fullerton earned 13 and UC Riverside received 12 to finish seventh and eighth, respectively.

No.   School Pts.

1.     UC Santa Barbara (4) 45

2.     UC Irvine (2) 40

3.     Cal Poly 34

4.     Northridge (1) 32

5.     UC Davis 20

6.     Cal State Fullerton 13

7.     UC Riverside 12

() First-place votes


Matador soccer fans can sign-up to receive the latest thoughts, opinions, and information from head coach Terry Davila via Twitter throughout the season at Cal State Northridge is also the only member of the Big West Conference, and one of the few across the nation that provide live post-game interviews for free on the Athletic Department's YouTube page. Fans can watch interviews with their favorite players and coaches at throughout the season.