SANTA BARBARA, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (6-4-5, 3-1-1 Big West) defeated UC Santa Barbara 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Harder Stadium in a Big West Conference match. Freshman Taylor Hobson scored her first career goal in the 84th minute as the Matadors defeated the host Gauchos in Santa Barbara for the first time since 1999.
Coming off a grueling 2-2 draw at Cal Poly, the Matadors were locked into a physical affair with the Gauchos through 80+ minutes of action. It was then that senior Chloe McDaniel collected a loose ball at midfield and proceeded to make a long run into the UCSB 18-yard area.
From there, McDaniel slid a pass to Hobson, who buried a low shot into the netting for her first career goal. McDaniel added her her first assist of the season and Hobson became the sixth different CSUN player to record a game-winning goal in the 2012 season.
In net, senior Cynthia Jacoborecorded five saves to post her sixth shutout of the season. She now has 28 career wins, 22 career shutouts and a 0.64 goals-against-average and a .895 save percentage in her senior season.
In the first half the Matadors played to a scoreless draw, the ninth time this season that CSUN has played to a 0-0 result after the opening 45 minutes. Chloe McDaniel, Stephanie Galarze and Jessa Yukihiro each had quality chances for Northridge but could not solve the UCSB defense.
In all, the teams combined for 26 shots and 24 fouls. One player from each team saw the yellow card.
The three points Sunday coupled with the point at Cal Poly marks the first time in program history that the squad was able to get four points on this roadtrip. The team also improved to 18-13 in 1-0 contests since the start of the 2009 season.
Next week, CSUN plays its final two home matches of the season. On Oct. 19, the Pacific Tigers come to Matador Soccer Field for a 7 p.m. contest. Two days later, Northridge hosts UC Davis on Senior Day for a 1 p.m. affair. Prior to the start of that match, the Matadors will honor their nine senior student-athletes on the team.