Oct. 31, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - In the first of two straight games on the road, the Matadors (6-6-4, 2-2-3 BWC) will travel to UC Riverside (4-11-1, 1-6-0 BWC) to face the Highlanders in a key conference match this Saturday afternoon.
Kick-off is scheduled to take place at 3:00 p.m.
A win against the Highlanders will earn the Matadors three crucial points in the standings; with five teams competing for only four position in the inaugural Big West Postseason Tournament, every point becomes that much more important as teams head into the final week of the regular season
Having already knocked off nationally-ranked UC Davis at home earlier this season, the Highlanders will look for yet another upset against one of their Big West counterparts, and snap a 13-game losing streak against the Matadors.
In their previous meeting against one another on October 5th, a goal scored in the 26th minute by defenseman Bo Miller was all the offense the men in red needed as they left Matador Field with a 1-0 victory in their first conference game of the season.
With the Highlanders losing their last three straight games, the Matadors will look to respond positively from their 3-1 loss against UC Santa Barbara, and add to their opponent's streak.
So far this season, CSUN has gone 3-1-1 in all of their games following a loss, an encouraging sign for the Matadors as they leave the comforts of home until the final match of the season on November 8th.
Having already shutout the Highlanders on five occasions throughout his career, Kevin Guppy will search for number six in his final game at UCR Soccer Stadium, and look to improve on his 1.04 goals against average and .786 save percentage.
Leading the team with six goals and 13 points this season, forward Camilo Rojas will fook for his fifth goal in as many games against a Highlander backline that has already surrendered 37 goals to their opponents so far this season, more than twice as many goals as the Matadors have allowed (18).
Highlander defenseman Joel Crompton leads his team with seven goals and 15 points, but will have his work cut out for him as he will face a stingy Matador defense that will be buoyed by the return of sophomore Jeremy Hohn from his two-game, red-card induced suspension.
The Matadors final road game of the season will take place next Wednesday, November 5th as they return to Titan Stadium to face Cal State Fullerton. Soccer fans can follow all the action live beginning at 7:00 p.m. live via streaming video provided by CBS College Sports.