October 14, 2011

Farran's Late Heroics Send CSUN to 1-0 Victory over No. 22 Long Beach State

NORTHRIDGE, CALIF. --- The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-7-2, 3-1-1 Big West) defeated No. 22 Long Beach State, 1-0, Friday evening at Matador Soccer Field. Senior Heidi Farran scored her sixth goal of the season in the 89th minute of action to lift CSUN to a crucial three points in the Big West standings.

With 1:36 to go in match, the Matadors had a long throw in by Chloe McDaniel in front of the CSUN bench. The ball was then headed by junior Katie Russ and finally kneed in on the bottom left corner of the net by Farran.

The goal was the 11th of Farran's career, moving her into a tie with Melissa Cleal for seventh in school history. For the season, Farran leads the team with six goals and 14 points. Both McDaniel and Russ picked up their first assist of the season on the play.

After a win over UC Santa Barbara last week, the Matadors kept their momentum up in this match. Both teams played a physical game throughout the contest, combining for 27 fouls. Neither team surrendered many quality chances at the goal and the game was played predominantly in midfield. 

That being said, Northridge finished with 14 shots to Long Beach State's seven. Brielle Slepicoff nearly scored moments before Farran's goal, pushing a shot just past the far post. The 49er's Nadia Link had a near-miss in the opening moments of the second half and in the final five minutes of the match, but she was denied on both attempts.

In net, Cynthia Jacobo made three saves for Northridge to post her third shutout of the season and 15th of her career. Her counterpart, Kaitlyn Gustaves, had one save in defeat. 

For Northridge, the match marked its second-straight 1-0 victory, improving the team's record in such contests to 14-10 since the start of the 2009 season. The win was also CSUN head coach Keith West's 50th of his career. 

Northridge next match will be Thursday, Oct. 20 at Cal State Fullerton. Kickoff between the Matadors and the Titans is slated for 7 p.m. 

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