Matadors Look For Season Sweeps Against #4 UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside

Oct. 27, 2009

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UPCOMING GAMES

Wednesday, October 28: Matadors at #4 UC Santa Barbara, 7:00 P.M. (Harder Stadium) - Radio/GameTracker    

Saturday, October 31: Matadors vs. UC Riverside, 3:00 P.M. (Matador Field) - GameTracker

LAST WEEK'S ACTION

Wednesday, October 21 vs. UC Davis, T, 0-0 (2OT)   

Saturday, October 24 at Cal Poly, L, 3-1

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-6-2, 2-3-1 BWC) have an opportunity to sweep the season series against both the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Wednesday evening and the UC Riverside Highlanders this Saturday afternoon. Matador soccer fans who are not able to travel to the coast for the Matadors-Gauchos match-up can listen to all the action live by clicking on this link. Saturday's game at Matador Field against the Highlanders will be available via GameTracker. Soccer fans can receive free admission to the Matadors-Highlanders game this Saturday by bringing a (suggested) donation of three canned food items with them to Matador Field. 

THANK YOU SOCCER FANS!

Saturday's game between the Cal State Northridge Matadors and UC Riverside Highlanders will mark the second day of a five-day long food drive taking place on-campus. With all proceeds benefitting the Children's Hunger Fund, a local non-profit organization wose mission is to help meet the needs of hungry children both locally and around the world. All donations will be utilized in the creation of food packs that will be distributed locally. The Cal State Northridge Athletic Department thank you for your donation to the Children's Hunger Fund, and encourages you to visit their website at http://www.chfus.org if you wouldl like to learn more about the organization, or are interested in further assisting their efforts.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK

Cal State Northridge began the second half of their Big West Conference schedule on the road against the Cal Poly Mustangs in their one and only match-up of the season. After a scoreless first half, both teams tried to push the action in an attempt to score the first game of the game. After Mustang forward David Zamora scored three goals within a six minute period, Northridge re-grouped and scored a goal of their own only :46 seconds later to decrease the Mustang advantage. Cameron Sims scored his team-high fifth goal of the season off Sunghyun Kim's free kick from the right edge of the penalty box. Once Kim took the kick, Sims headed in the cross from approximately eight yards away. Unfortunately for Northridge, that goal would be the only one scored by the Matadors on the afternoon as they were defeated 3-1 at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

A CLOSER LOOK AT UC SANTA BARBARA

After defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos earlier this season in Northridge by a score of 1-0, the Cal State Northridge Matadors look to sweep the season series this Wednesday evening at Harder Stadium. With all seven Big West teams jockeying for one of four spots in the Big West Postseason Tournament, CSUN can help solidify their place within the upper-half of the standings with a solid performance on their rival's pitch. Having lost only three games this season, the Gauchos will take the field looking for revenge as CSUN is responsible for one of those defeats, including their only Big West loss this season. UCSB possesses a solid line-up as nine different players have scored this season led by senior forward David Walker and his six goals. Sophomore midfielder Danny Barrera and freshman forward Michael Nonni each have six assists apiece to lead the team in that category, while sophomore goalkeeper Sam Hayden will most likely take his 0.80 GAA and .803 save percentage with him when he takes the net Wednesday evening. UCSB has outshot their opponents 207-135, do not be surprised if they try to establish the game's rhythm by attacking early and often. The Gauchos have also been whistled for 241 fouls this season, leading the conference in that category as well; with ten yellow cards given in their last game against the Matadors, Wednesday's game between the two rivals should be another explosive affair. 

Series History: Series tied at 14-14-5

Home: 9-6-2, Away: 5-8-3, Neutral: 0-0-0

Last Home Meeting: 10/18/09 - Matadors 1, UC Santa Barbara 0

Last Away Meeting: 10/15/08 - Matadors 0, UC Davis 0 (2OT)

A CLOSER LOOK AT UC RIVERSIDE

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are not the only team looking to avenge a loss suffered against the Matadors as the UC Riverside Highlanders look to prevent Northridge from sweeping the season series for the ninth time in the last ten seasons. Both teams opened up their respective conference schedules against one another in a mid-week evening contest at UCR Soccer Stadium that took place last month. After a scoreless first half between the Matadors and the Highlanders, three goals scored by Sunghyun Kim, Dylan Riley, and Joe Franco gave CSUN silenced the partisan crowd as they earned their first conference victory of the season to extend their winning streak against UCR to 15 games. Three players, junior midfielder Tyler Wilson, sophomore midfielder Joel Garcia, and sophomore forward Caesar Diaz lead the team in scoring with two goals apiece, with senior forward Michael Galland leading the way with two assists earned this season. Goalkeepers Cody Suppe (1.73 GAA, .768 Save Pct.) and Ryan Schmitz (2.40 GAA, .636 Save Pct.) have played both ten and six games respectively; either player could take their spot between the pipes this Saturday at Matador Field. 

Series History: Northridge leads 16-1-6

Home: 8-0-3, Away: 8-1-3, Neutral: 0-0-0

Last Home Meeting: 10/5/08 - Matadors 1, UC Riverside 0

Last Away Meeting: 9/30/09 - Matadors 3, UC Riverside 1

THE FINAL FOUR

The Second Annual Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Tournament is only three weeks away, something all seven conference teams are well aware of as each squad looks to secure one of the four available spots during the final games of the season. Going into this week's slate of games, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly are tied for the top spot with 15 points apiece, followed by UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton with 12 and 10 points respectively. Both Cal State Northridge and UC Davis are tied for fifth place with seven points, only three points away from the fourth and final available spot, with UC Riverside currently in seventh place with one point. Even though Northridge and UC Davis are tied, the Aggies have competed in two more conference game than the Matadors. Both the Titans and Matadors are scheduled to meet one more time this season when Fullerton makes the trip to the Valley next Wednesday afternoon.

AHEAD OF THE GAME

Cameron Sims' fifth goal of the season scored at Cal Poly last Saturday equaled his scoring output throughout the entire 2008 season. With four games remaining this season, the senior forward is on pace to set a new career-high in scoring as he has four opportunities, games against UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine to set a new personal record.

READY, AIM, FIRE!

Through 15 games this season, the Matadors have taken the highest amount of shots in comparison to any of their Big West Conference counterparts. Averaging 16.93 shots a game, CSUN's 254 shots are almost 20 shots more than the second-ranked team, Cal State Fullerton. From an individual standpoint, both Cameron Sims and Sunghyun Kim occupy two of the top-three spots as Sims is currently tied for the league lead with 60 shots while Kim ranks third with his 50. 

READY FOR ACTION

Last season current sophomore Matthew Chavez was the lone freshman to participate in every game for the Matadors. This season redshirt-freshman defender Joe Franco and freshman midfielder Rene Anguiano are the lone pair of newcomers to have seen action in all 15 games so far this season.

TWO-HEADED MONSTER

This season, the Matadors have two solid goalkeeping options to choose from in Brandon Ibarra and Michael Abalos. Abalos currently has three shutouts under his belt, while his teammate Ibarra has two of his own. Combined they would have the second-highest number of shutouts amongst their conference peers, individually Abalos is tied for the third-highest mark while Ibarra has the sixth-highest number of clean sheets this season.

TOP RANKED TEAMS BEWARE

With a 1-0 win over #3 UCSB on October 17th, the Matadors defeated a top-10 nationally ranked opponent for the first time in two seasons. On September 29, 2007 CSUN beat #10-ranked UCLA 3-0 at Matador Field. In the game, Northridge dominated in the second half, scoring three times for their first victory in school history over the Bruins. However, it has been five seasons since the Matadors slayed a top five ranked opponent, as host CSUN again downed top ranked UCSB on October 16, 2004, scoring three unanswered goals in the second half, winning by a 3-1 final. Coming into the match, the Gauchos held a #1-ranking in the nation, before the Matador handed them the defeat.

ONE OF A KIND

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. 

RPI RANKINGS

Used to determine a team's strength of schedule and taken into consideration when determining at-large bids for the College Cup tournament. Last week, the Matadors ranked 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).

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.

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.

 

 

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