July 31, 2012

Matadors Picked Fourth in Big West Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

Complete Big West Women's Soccer Preaseon Poll and Release

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer program was picked fourth in a preseason poll of the Big West Conference coaches for the upcoming 2012 season, the league office announced Tuesday. Individually, the Matadors had two players placed on the 2012 Preseason All-Conference Team, seniors Cynthia Jacobo (GK) and Katie Russ (D). 

A year after a 4-3-1 third-place finish in the conference standings, the league coaches predict Northridge will reach the Big West Tournament for the fourth-straight year. CSUN received 69 total points in the poll of 10 Big West Coaches, two behind third-place finisher Cal State Fullerton.

Jacobo, the 2011 Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, enters her final season at Northridge on the cusp of establishing several new school records. She needs eight wins and 11 shutouts to set new school records in both categories. Jacobo has earned all-conference honors following all three of her playing seasons and carries career marks of 14-6-1 with 12 shutouts against league opponents. 

Russ earned All-Big West Second Team honors in 2011 after finishing the year with a goal and an assist in 18 matches. She has anchored the CSUN defensive line for all three of her playing seasons and has two goals and three assists for her career. 

Keith West enters his seventh season as the Matadors' head coach and was happy to see two of his seniors earn some recognition.

"Cynthia and Katie are both awesome student-athletes who are well-deserving of the preseason honors," West said. "We are excited for our schedule. We have a lot of home games against top opposition and the Big West Conference is always challenging. We are ready for the season to start." 

CSUN starts its 2012 campaign with a home match against Arizona State on Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Northridge plays six of its first seven matches at home and also hosts Baylor, Fresno State, Michigan and Tennessee in the early weeks of the season. 

2012 Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Long Beach State (9) 99

2. UC Irvine (1) 86

3. Cal State Fullerton 71

4. Cal State Northridge 69

5. UC Santa Barbara 53

6. Cal Poly 48

7. UC Davis 44

7. Pacific 44

9. UC Riverside 18

9. Hawai'i 18 

2012 Preseason All-Conference Team

Forwards

Nadia Link, LBSU, SR

Natalia Ledezma, UCI, JR

Ann Marie Tangorra, CSUF, SR

Midfielders

Cami Privett, UCI, SO

Cici Kobinski, CP, JR

Erin Ortega, UCSB, SR

Defenders

Alex Balcer, LBSU, SR

Brittni Beeman, Pacific, JR

Katie Russ, CSUN, SR

Mary Beth Mazurek, UCD, JR

Goalkeepers

Cynthia Jacobo, CSUN, SR

Makenna Henry, UCSB, JR 

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