October 2, 2011

Northridge Posts 3-1 Victory over UC Davis

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (3-6-2, 1-0-1 Big West) defeated UC Davis, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field in a Big West Conference match-up. Melissa Fernandez, Heidi Farran and Jessa Yukihiro all scored for the Matadors as they won their fourth-straight over the Aggies.

Northridge came out firing on all cylinders to start the match. Finally, in the 13th minute, the Matadors broke through for their first score of the day. Amanda Smith made a nifty run along the left side of the pitch and swung in a cross that Fernandez headed home for her third goal of the season. The assist was Smith's second of the season.

"Amanda made a great run and then delivered a perfect cross to me," Fernandez said. "I really didn't have to move and just redirected it into the net."

CSUN would add its second goal of the contest less than four minutes later. Fernandez was again the catalyst, drawing a penalty kick after being tackled in the area following a long run. Farran stepped to the spot calmly and delivered her team-leading fifth goal of the season to double the Matadors' lead.

For Farran, the goal was the 10th of her career and ties her with former Matador Heather Schou for eighth in school history.

UC Davis nearly pulled one back late in the first half, but Haley Chee made an outstanding header save on the goal line to deny the Aggies a goal.

In the second half, CSUN kept up the pressure and found a third goal. Yukihiro broke free past the Aggies and had a breakaway opportunity. However, she was tripped on the play by Taylor Chamberlain, who was shown the red card and sent off. On the play, a UCD assistant coach was also sent off.

Yukihiro then lined up a blast from 20 yards to make it 3-0. The goal was her first as a Matador.

"It was a great feeling to get that goal for the team," Yukihiro said. "I had really been working on my shot in practice, saw an opening in the wall and went for it."

Much to their credit, UC Davis did not go quietly after falling behind three goals and playing a man down. The Aggies spoiled CSUN's hopes for a shutout in the 80th minute and nearly pulled another one back if not for a diving save by Cynthia Jacobo.

For the day, Jacobo finished with four saves to earn her third win of the season and 19th of her career. The victory moved her into second outright in school history in career victories.

"I thought today was one of our best all-around efforts," CSUN head coach Keith West said. "The team gave a great effort and I cannot say enough about the character of this group."

With four road points under their belts, the Matadors will return home for their next three Big West Conference matches. Next weekend, Northridge hosts Cal Poly on Friday, Oct. 7, and then faces UC Santa Barbara two days later.

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