NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (0-1) lost 2-0 to No. 9 UCLA Friday night at Matador Soccer Field in both teams' season opener. Sydney Leroux and Rose White registered the UCLA scores and CSUN goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made four saves in defeat.
On a hot day in the San Fernando Valley, both teams hit the field with a spark in the first half. The teams exchanged chances throughout the early moments of the first half. Jacobo had two saves in the first 22 minutes and the Matadors' Leandra Walker nearly broke a scoreless tie in the 25th minute with a rebound opportunity following a corner kick.
However, UCLA finally broke through in the early stages of the 29th minute. Leroux took a cross from Caprice Dydasco and beat Jacobo to the right post.
In the second half, the Bruins kept up the pressure and doubled their lead in the 73rd minute. Chelsea Stewart sent a blistering corner kick into the penaln ty area that bounced off the crossbar before Rose White headed it home.
For the game, UCLA out-shot CSUN, 20-6, and forced five Matador saves. Jacobo had four of those stops, pushing her career total to 120, the fifth-most in school history.
Junior Melissa Fernandez had half of CSUN's shots for the game and Walker's salvo was CSUN's only attempt on goal. UCLA's Chante Sandiford had the one save to earn the shutout.
The game marked the official debut for several Northridge players. Renee McCaleb, Devyn Leslie, Melissa Lopez, Hannah Wissler, Jessica Small and Walker all saw their first career action in a Matador uniform.
Northridge returns to action in exactly one week when it hits the road for the Lone Star State for matches against Baylor (Aug. 26) and Texas (Aug. 28). The Matadors' next home game will be on Sept. 2 when they host New Mexico at 7 p.m.