Matadors Look To Earn First Win in 2010 This Weekend
Sept. 16, 2010
Friday, September 17, 4:30 p.m. PT/ 7:30 p.m. ET
Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-3-1) vs. #1 Akron Zips (3-0)
Lee Jackson Field - Akron, Ohio
Live stats and internet stream available at GoMatadors.com
Sunday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET
Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-3-1) vs. University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (0-3)
Lee Jackson Field - Akron, Ohio
Live stats and internet stream available at GoMatadors.com
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The season-long six game road trip continues this weekend for the Cal State Northridge Matadors when they travel to Akron, Ohio to face the consensus #1-ranked Akron Zips and University of Illinois-Chicago at the University of Akron Tournament. Matador men's soccer fans can follow all the action live, online via live stats or internet video stream at GoMatadors.com
WHAT TIME IS IT?
With the Matadors traveling out of the Pacific time zone for the only time this season, fans should take into consideration the three hour time difference between Northridge and Akron, Ohio when making plans to listen or watch the Matadors in action. Friday's game against the #1-ranked Akron Zips is will kick-off at 4:30 p.m. local (Northridge) time, Sunday's game against Illinois-Chicago will begin at 9:00 a.m. local (Northridge) time.
FOLLOW THE MATADORS ONLINE THIS WEEKEND
Soccer fans looking to follow the progress of their soccer team throughout this weekend's tournament can utilize one of three mediums to follow all the action live from Lee R. Soccer Field at the University of Akron. Live stats for all four tournament games and a video stream for Sunday morning's CSUN-Illinois-Chicago match are available free of charge. To watch the CSUN-Akron game, Matador fans will need to purchase a Zips Zone subscription (cheapest plan is $9.95/month) as games involving the host Akron Zips are only available through a paid subscription. Appropriate links for all three options are listed below.
Live stats link for Friday's CSUN-Akron and Sunday's CSUN-Illinois-Chicago games:
Video stream link for Friday's CSUN-Akron game (paid subscription needed to view):
Video Stream for Sunday's CSUN-Illinois-Chicago game (NO PAID SUBSCRIPTION NEEDED to view):
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Last Sunday's game was the mid-way point of a season-long six game road trip that includes competition in two tournaments and two one-off games against West Coast Conference teams. Even though the trip started on an unfortunate note as the Matadors were defeated 2-0 at Loyola Marymount, CSUN is eager to return to the pitch against top-ranked Akron and Illinois-Chicago in the University of Akron Tournament before concluding their journey against San Francisco on September 24. In last weekend's Cal State Fullerton Tournament, the Matadors fought to a scoreless draw against Washington, and suffered a 3-1 defeat against the San Jose State Spartans even though the CSUN backline allowed the Spartans to enter their half of the pitch on only two occasions during the last 67 minutes of the match.
ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
Known for creating a tough schedule year after year, the Matador coaching staff have pieced together one of the most challenging schedules ever in an attempt to prepare the team for the challenges and rigors faced during conference play. Almost one-third of the games scheduled in 2010 will be against teams that were ranked in the top-25 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2009. The list of opponents includes CSUN's season-opening game vs. San Diego (9/1), last season's College Cup runner-up and current #1-ranked team Akron (9/17), San Francisco (9/24), cross-town rival UCLA (10/27), UC Santa Barbara (10/23), and UC Irvine (10/20).
A CLOSER LOOK AT AKRON
A tough non-conference schedule reaches its peak when the Matadors travel to Akron, Ohio to compete in the University of Akron Tournament. Facing the host Zips in their opening game, the Matadors will have an opportunity to truly measure their potential against the #1-ranked team in the nation. Friday's game will be the first on home soil for the Zips in 2010 and the inaugural match hosted in their newly renovated Lee Jackson Field. Akron was unbeaten at Lee Jackson Field last season and enters the 2010 season having been unbeaten in their last 26 matches (25-0-1) at home. Starting in November of last season, the Zips have shut out their last eight consecutive opponents, a streak that head coach Terry Davila would enjoy snapping in his team's only regular season road trip outside the state of California. Returning eight of 11 starters from last season, the Matadors will focus their efforts on negating the scoring threat posed from three different Hermann Trophy candidates in senior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong (8 G, 5 A in 2009) , junior forward Darlington Nagbe (10 G, 3 A in 2009, 2 G and 1 A in 2010), and junior defender Kofi Sarkodie (3 G, 7 A in 2009, 1 G and 2 A in 2010).
A CLOSER LOOK AT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
CSUN's weekend in Akron will conclude Sunday when the Matadors face the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames. Meeting for the first time ever on the pitch, the Matadors look to end their participation at the University of Akron Tournament on a positive note before concluding their season-long seven game road trip six days later in San Francisco. Entering this weekend with an 0-3 record, the Flames, like the Matadors, will field a young squad under first year head coach Sean Phillips. Leading the way for a squad that went 6-6-7 overall and 3-3-2 last season in Horizon League action are senior defender Robert Younger, junior forward/midfielder Eric Frazier, and junior midfielder Derek Huffman. Missing a majority of games last season sue to injury, both Younger and Frazier return to the pitch in 2010 looking to fulfill their potential as each looked impressive throughout the 2008 season. Ten different Flames scored at least one goal last season, unfortunately for Illinois-Chicago half of those student-athletes graduated in the spring. One scoring threat that returns for his sophomore season is midfielder Ivan Stanisavijevic as he finished the 2009 season with a team-high seven goals on only 24 shots. So far this season neither Stanisavijevic or his teammated have been able to find the back of the net in games against FIU, Michigan, and Gonzaga.
WELCOME TO THE CENTURY CLUB
With four additional victories, head coach Terry Davila will become the fifth coach in Big West history to win 100 game as a member of the conference. Even though Davila enters the 2010 season with 110 career wins to his credit, the first 14 were earned as member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. In 2001 the Matadors switched conference affiliation from the MPSF to the Big West, since then Davila's teams have compiled a 96-55-30 overall record (.613 pct.). With his first victory over a conference opponent in 2010 Davila will also become just the third head coach to win 50 or more conference games.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
One indication of the success sophomore goalkeeper Michael Abalos earned last season can be seen in the Matador record books as the San Juan Capistrano native earned a spot on four different lists with his numbers earned during his freshman season at Northridge. Abalos now shares tenth place with Louie Mata (1992-93) with his seven career victories, is fifth all-time with his 1.17 career goals against average, and is tied for ninth all-time with five career shutouts. His five clean sheets is also the seventh-highest number of shutouts earned in a season, tying him with Joe Barton (2001) and Mike Littman (1989).
Tickets for all home men's matches are available through the CSUN Associated Students Ticket Office. Adults are $5, while youth 17 and under and seniors 60 and older are $3. There is also a $3 discounted rate ticket for CSUN Faculty/Staff, Military Service Personnel and CSUN Alumni Association Members with their respective identification cards.
CSUN students receive free admission to all home games with their CSUN I.D. Groups of 10 or more people may purchase $3 tickets, but tickets must be purchased a minimum of 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the A.S. Ticket Office at 818-677-2488.
The 2010 Cal State Northridge men's soccer team received 27 points and were picked to finish fourth in the 2010 Big West Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches poll as announced by the league office in mid-August. Northridge was narrowly edged out by Cal Poly as the Mustangs earned 28 points to claim third place by a slim one point margin. Finishing in second place with 43 total points and one first place vote was UC Irvine, with UC Santa Barbara leading the way with 48 points and six first place votes. Cal State Fullerton's 22 points were enough to secure fifth place, with UC Davis and UC Riverside rounding out the poll in sixth and seventh place respectively with 17 and 11 points. This is the third straight season that Northridge was predicted to finish in fourth place; last season CSUN received 32 overall and one first place point en route to a 10-8-2 overall record, clinching a spot in the 2009 Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Tournament.