September 9, 2012

Matadors and Trojans Battle to 1-1 Draw

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (3-1-3) tied USC 1-1 Sunday evening in a non-conference match at Matador Soccer Field. CSUN's Brittanie Sakajian and USC's Samantha Johnson scored roughly 100 seconds apart midway through the second half in another tightly contested contest in the San Fernando Valley.

Northridge played it second 110-minute draw in as many matches, this one coming two days after a 0-0 draw with Tennessee. Once again, senior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo kept the Matadors in the game with several incredible saves and finished the contest with a career-high 15 stops, one shy of the school record.

In the first half, the teams traded chances pretty evenly. For CSUN, Lyndsey Preston, Marisa Miller and Melissa Fernandez all had quality chances at the USC goal. For the Trojans, Jacobo came up big on a pair of corner kicks late in the half and also made a diving save near the 10th minute of action.

In the second half, USC amped up the pressure to open the frame. Jacobo made a big save on a Jordan Morada attempt and then also saved a redirection to the near post around the 50th minute.

CSUN would weather the storm and eventually break through with the game's first goal. Following a Matador throw-in, Fernandez pushed a ball back to Stephanie Norton, who one-touched a high cross into the penalty area. Sakajian sprinted under the ball and flicked it back over her head and into the cage for her first goal of the season.

For Norton, the assist was her team-leading fourth of the season. For Fernandez, the assist was her third of the season and 13th of her career. The 13 helpers are the second-most in school history.

The lead would be shortlived however. USC roared back with a dangerous corner kick that eventually found its way to the foot of Jessica Musmanno, who took a swing towards net but had her shot blocked. The deflection rolled out to the foot of Johnson, who beat Jacobo to the right post with a shot that skidded along the ground.

In the two overtime periods, Jacobo was forced to make three additional saves and finished the weekend with 26 saves and one goal allowed in 220 minutes of action. Katie Russ, Chloe McDaniel, Leandra Walker and Norton played all 110 minutes along the defensive backline for the Matadors.

In all, USC out-shot the Matadors 24-10 for the contest. The Trojans had nine corner kicks to the Matadors' four and USC was whistled for 16 fouls to 10 for CSUN. Three Trojans were shown the yellow card during the match.

CSUN has a 12-day break until its next contest, a Sept. 21 match at Santa Clara. The Matadors' next home match is set for Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. against the University of San Diego.

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