Oct. 15, 2009
Sunday, October 18: Matadors vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3:00 P.M. (Matador Field) - GameTracker
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The men's soccer game between the Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-5-1, 1-2-0 BWC) and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-2-1, 3-0-0 BWC) originally scheduled to take place this Saturday afternoon at Matador Field has been rescheduled due to weather.
Both teams will now face one another this Sunday, October 18th at Matador Field located on the campus of Cal State Northridge. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., the game will still be available for viewing on GameTracker.
To find out additional information about the Matador men's soccer team, or the latest information pertaining this Sunday's game soccer fans are encouraged to visit www.GoMatadors.com.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Cal State Northridge resumed Big West play at Cal State Fullerton versus the Titans last Wednesday then concluded the week with their Big West home opener against the UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday. The Matadors battled the Titans for 90 minutes with the end result being a 1-1 tie at the conclusion of regulation. In the tenth minute of overtime the Titans broke through with a winning goal against Matador goalkeeper Michael Abalos, who for nearly 100 minutes kept the Northridge in the game with his five saves. Cameron Sims scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season for the Matadors in the defeat. Against UC Irvine, the Matadors surrendered a goal in the tenth minute that gave the Anteaters an early 1-0 advantage. Northridge created several scoring opportunities but each time would come up just inches away from evening the score. Although the Matadors finished with more shots on goal then their opposition (6-5 advantage), the Anteaters came away with the victory, securing the win by adding two insurance goals in the final ten minutes for a 3-0 victory.
A CLOSER LOOK AT UC SANTA BARBARA
With a pair of nailbiting 1-0 wins this past week, the nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-2-1) find themselves atop the Big West Conference standings with a perfect 3-0-0 record. The Gauchos defeated Cal Poly last Wednesday and UC Riverside on Saturday, extending their current winning streak to four, all of which were shutout victories. Overall UCSB is unbeaten in six of their past seven contests and have won in shutout fashion in five of those games. Goalkeeper Sam Hayden has started at net in all 12 games for UC Santa Barbara and has amassed seven shutouts this season, which currently leads all `keepers in the Big West. Hayden is first in GAA with a 0.89 percentage and is fourth in saves with 38 on the season. Forwards David Walker and Michael Nonni are tied for the league lead with five goals each. Despite consecutive low scoring outputs, the Gauchos are tops in the league in several offensive categories including goals (25), points (78) and assists (28). Despite not coming away with a win last season, the Matadors played UCSB tough in their past two meetings. The Matadors fought to a 2-2 tie at Santa Barbara in their first meeting, but came up short by a 3-1 score at Matador Field late last season.
Series History: Northridge Trails 14-13-5
Home Record: 8-6-2, Away Record: 5-8-3, Neutral Record: 0-0-0
Last Home Meeting: 10/29/08 - Matadors 1, UC Santa Barbara 3
Last Away Meeting: 10/8/08 - Matadors 2, UC Santa Barbara 2 (2ot)
AHEAD OF THE GAME
Cameron Sims' fourth goal of the season last Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton brings him one goal away from reaching his entire scoring output from 2008. Sims cashed in his fourth and fifth goals of the season last November in the 18th game of the season against, coincidentally enough, Cal State Fullerton. This season, Sims picked up his fourth goal in the 12th game of the season and is on pace to shatter last year's scoring total. Second on the team in goals last season, Sims is currently amongst the leaders in goals in the Big West Conference. The Matador senior's four goals is the most on the team and is seventh-best in the conference. Two other players making a contributions to the Matador offensive attack are Robert Pate and Dylan Riley, who each have scored for the first time in two seasons.
Used to determine a team's strength of schedule and taken into consideration when determining at-large bids for the College Cup tournament, the inaugural NCAA Men's Soccer RPI ratings were released earlier this week. The Matadors are currently 61st in the nation out of 204 Division-I Men's Soccer Teams and fourth amongst Big West Conference teams. Ahead of Northridge are UC Santa Barbara (34), UC Irvine (40) and Cal State Fullerton (53), trailing CSUN are Cal Poly (78), UC Davis (135) and UC Riverside (187).
Northridge opened up conference action on the road against UC Riverside, and left the Inland Empire with a 3-1 victory, the 18th conference-opening victory in the program's history.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
CSUN's inaugural home game of the 2009 season against Loyola Marymount on September 6 was the first of eight regular-season home games scheduled to take place. The game was the eleventh home-opener for the Matadors under the tutelage of head coach Terry Davila who increased his overall record to 8-3-0 in home openers with the 1-0 win over the Lions.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
Having produced numbers that have increased in his first three seasons at Northridge, midfielder Sunghyun Kim has amassed 42 points on 15 goals and 12 assists throughout the first three seasons of his collegiate career. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif. has started in 53 of the 57 games he has competed in prior to this season, 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 2006 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.
RILEY WINS A HAT TRICK OF AWARDS
With two clutch goals during their two games played at the Prego Italian Express Tournament hosted by SMU, Dylan Riley was named Big West Conference Player of the Week, Most Valuable Player for the tournament and picked up a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. Riley's clutch goals helped the Matadors turn their trip to Dallas into a successful one as they finished as tournament champions once again.. His goal against Tulsa tied the score in the 75th minute and his score against SMU in the 69th minute proved to be the game-winner. On the season, the Matador senior is a perfect two for two on shot attempts, and his pair of goals is currently second-best on the team. With Riley grabbing all-conference player of the week honors, this marks the first time since 2005 when Willie Sims and Kevin Guppy earned player of the week honors, that two Matadors received Player of the Week accolades on back-to-back weeks.
TIME TO MAKE ROOM FOR ANOTHER ONE
With their 2-1 victories over Tulsa and SMU at the Prego Italian Express Invitational, the Matadors claimed back-to-back tournament championships for the third time in the program's history (the team won the Matador Invitational on the weekend of September 11-13). Other teams who have claimed this feat are the 2005 team, they emerged as tournament champions in the Matador Soccer Invitational and adidas/Cal Legacy Classic (Berkeley, Calif). and the 2003 team who won both the Lobo Invitational (Albuquerque, N.M.) and UNLV/FILA Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.).
DON'T COUNT THEM OUT
A goal scored by Cameron Sims in the eighth minute of their game against SMU marked the first occasion this season that a Matador scored a goal in the first half as the other 13 goals scored by the team have taken place after the 45 minute mark.
PICK YOUR POISON
Going into the season, the big question mark surrounding the team involved whomever was going to replace their previous record-setting goalkeeper. After ten games the Matadors have found their answer with a pair of talented young athletes that have combined to allow only ten goals, and currently sport a cumulative 1.00 goals against average. Sophomore goalkeeper Brandon Ibarra currently leads the league with a 0.75 GAA, while teammate Michael Abalos ranks #6 amongst conference `keepers with a 1.12 GAA.
Thanks to a 5-1-0 start to the 2009 season, the Matadors were ranked 24th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Men's Soccer Rankings during the week of September 21-27. This was the first time the Matadors have been ranked in the NSCAA National Poll during the regular season since November 2005, when they finished the season ranked 14th in the nation. CSUN began the 2006 season ranked 19th in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, but did not return to the top-25 until that respective poll.
DID YOU MISS US?
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 during their first three games (one exhibition, two regular season) played in 2009. 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.
THE INSIDE SCOOP
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 http://twitter.com/CSUNMensSoccer. 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 http://www.youtube.com/northridgeathletics throughout the season.