FULLERTON, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (6-7-2, 4-1-1 Big West) defeated Cal State Fullerton 1-0 Thursday evening in a Big West Conference match at Titan Stadium. Senior Heidi Farran scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and the Matadors got some outstanding defense as they won their fourth-straight over the Titans.
With both teams looking for three points in the search for a Big West Tournament bid, the Matadors used the early goal to help control the tempo and force the Titans to chase for the tying goal.
The Matadors got out of the gates quickly Thursday evening, scoring in the eighth minute of action. Melissa Fernandez made a nice run to the middle of the penalty area. She then laid it off for Brielle Slepicoff who found Farran with a clear path to the goal. She bent in a low shot to the left post that beat the Titan goalkeeper for her seventh goal of the season.
"It was a great build-up and when I got the pass I thought about cutting it inside, but I saw two players so I just took a swing," Farran said. "I was a little off balance, but a goal is a goal and I'll surely take it."
The goal was Farran's seventh of the season and 12th of her career. That figure ties her with former teammate Susie Mischenko for sixth in school history. The assist was Fernandez's team-leading fourth helper of the season and gives her 11 for her career, tied for the fifth-most in school history. The assist was Slepicoff's third of the season.
Jacobi made an outstanding save on the Titans' Kishi Smith early in the second half to preserve the lead. After a nice build up, Smith found herself alone with Jacobo from 10 yards out. Jacobo initially lunged to her right, but managed to reach back and deflect the ball wide with her left hand.
"That may have been one of the best saves, men or women, I have ever seen," CSUN head coach Keith West said. "Our club worked hard tonight and deserved the result. It sets up a great match Sunday where both clubs know what is at stake."
Minutes later, CSUN had two solid chances to double its lead but a header by Slepicoff and a shot by Marie Hirsch both flew just wide of the right post. Alexis Barbara also nearly added a tally, but her left-footed shot forced a save from Lindsey Maricic.
In all, CSUN finished the match with seven shots to Fullerton's eight. Jacobo made just the one save to earn her 22nd career win and 16th career shutout. The Matadors were whistled for 14 fouls compared to 11 for the Titans.
Sunday, Northridge hosts No. 21 UC Irvine in a crucial Big West Conference contest. Kickoff between the Matadors and Anteaters is slated for 7 p.m. from Matador Soccer Field.