Matadors Head To Omaha To Face Fifth-Ranked Creighton Bluejays
Sept. 30, 2008
Upcoming Games This Week
Wednesday, Oct. 1 @ Creighton, 7:00 p.m. CST/5:00 p.m. PST (Morrison Stadium) TV: CBS College Sports
Sunday, Oct. 5 vs. UC Riverside, 2:30 p.m. (Matador Field)
Results From Last Week
Sunday, Sept. 28 @ UCLA, T, 2-2 (2OT)
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - This week finds the Cal State Northridge Matadors on the road as they travel to Omaha, Nebraska to face the fifth-ranked Creighton Bluejays.
Wednesday's match will be the Matadors only nationally televised match this year, and will be broadcasted on CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV). CBS College Sports Network is available on select cable systems, DIRECTV and the DISH Network.
Matador fans can also visit http://www.netnebraska.org/television/stream/ or http://www.netnebraska.org/television/sports/index.html to watch this match if they do not have the CBS College Sports Network as the television feed will simultaneously be streamed on-line, in real-time.
Kick-off is scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Coming off a frustrating 2-2 tie against UCLA last Sunday, the Matadors look to return to championship form against the fifth-ranked, defending Missouri Valley Conference regular-season co-champion Bluejays.
This year's Matador squad is no stranger to playing in big games, against nationally recognized and respected programs, and look to enter conference play this Sunday on a three-game unbeaten streak.
Led by Moy Gomez and his four goals, the Matador offense will face a formidable Creighton defense that allowed only two goals this season, and held opponents scoreless during the last 344 minutes of game time.
As daunting as this may sound, the Matadors were able to penetrate a Sacramento State defense that had only allowed one goal until their game in Northridge, and recorded shutouts in five of their first six games.
While Sacramento State may not be as well-known, or as high-profile a program as Creighton, the Matadors did defeat tenth-ranked California 1-0 in an exhibition match earlier this season, narrowly lost 1-0 against 24th-ranked Georgetown, and were seven minutes away from defeating perennial powerhouse UCLA before the Bruins evened up the match on a penalty kick.
Wednesday's contest against the Bluejays will be the fourth time this season that the Matadors faced a nationally-ranked opponent.
In order to leave Omaha with a victory, the Matadors need to find a way to neutralize the play of midfielder Andrei Gotsmanov, forward Jeff Thayer, and forward/midfielder Ethan as each has scored three goals so far this season.
Matador defensemen Chad Borak, Matthew Chavez, and Bo Miller will face a potent Bluejay offense that is responsible for fourteen goals in their seven games. With the exception of a rain-soaked contest played on a chewed-up field in Milwaukee earlier in the month, the Matador defense has been successful in preventing their opponents from establishing an offensive rhythm, and rarely allow an opportunity for their opposition to take a clean shot on goal.
Two of the nation's best goalkeepers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a national audience as Matador netminder Kevin Guppy and his 0.85 goals against average will face Bluejay goalkeeper Brian Holt. Both have played in every minute this season for their respective teams, and will play a prominent role in determining the outcome of this game.
The Matadors inaugural game against Big West competition will take place at Matador Field this Sunday, October 5th against the UC Riverside Highlanders. The Matadors have not lost their conference-opener in the last five seasons, and look to extend this streak on their own home turf. Kick-off is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.