October 30, 2011

CSUN Celebrates Senior Day with 3-0 Victory over CSU Bakersfield

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (7-9-2) defeated CSU Bakersfield, 3-0, Sunday evening in a non-conference match at Matador Soccer Field. Marisa Miller, Haley Chee and Jessa Yukihiro scored for the Matadors and Haley Hawes made four saves as the Matadors won on senior day.

Entering the match, CSUN knew it had wrapped up the third seed in the Big West Tournament after finishing 4-3-1 with 13 points in the eight league contests. CSUN will now travel to face Long Beach State on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at George Allen Field in a rematch of last year's semifinal.

That being said, the Matadors put on quite a show for its five graduating seniors as they rolled to victory. After the Roadrunners controlled the early tempo of the match, Northridge picked up the first goal on the counter attack.

Freshman Hannah Wissler made a long run up the left side of the pitch and centered the ball to a streaking Miller. She redirected the cross into the near post for her first career goal in the 24th minute. The assist was the first of Wissler's career.

Northridge doubled its lead with just over six minutes before halftime. Amanda Smith located the ball deep in the right corner and after her shot was blocked, passed her rebound to Chee. She popped a ball into the upper corner of the netting for her first career goal in the 39th minute. The helper was Smith's fourth of the season, tying her with Melissa Fernandez for the team lead.

The Matadors capped off the scoring in the 58th minute. Yukihiro was fouled by CSUB's Taylor French, resulting in a yellow card for French and a free kick just inside of midfield for Northridge. Shannon Ward then sent in a blast to the back post that the Roadrunner goalkeeper could not collect and Yukihiro tapped it into an empty net for her second goal of the season. The assist was Ward's first of her career.

Hawes made her first start in net for the season and produced four saves for her first career shutout. Her fourth and final save may have been her best, as CSU Bakersfield chipped a ball to the back post that Hawes had to collect on the goal line.

For the game, Northridge finished with 13 shots to 11 for CSU Bakersfield. The teams combined for three corner kicks and 13 fouls.

Before the game, the Matadors honored their five student-athletes competing in their final regular season game at Matador Soccer Field: Alexis Barbara, Katie Coulas, Heidi Farran, Nicole Padilla and Brielle Slepicoff.

Now Northridge has to get ready for its third-straight Big West Tournament appearance and a meeting with the 49ers.