August 17, 2013

CSUN and Seattle Battle in Exhibition Contest

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

In front of nearly 500 fans, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team battled with Seattle University in a 110-minute exhibition contest Saturday night at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors and Redhawks played to a draw as sophomore Kendall Moskal scored the CSUN goal. 

In CSUN's first appearance at Matador Soccer Field since winning the 2012 Big West Tournament, the team wasted little time celebrating the facility's new entry way. Hannah Wissler forced a turnover deep inside the Redhawk zone and Moskal jumped on the loose ball and buried it past the goalkeeper.

"I thought we were well prepared for tonight. Training camp has been tough, but we've been working hard," Moskal said. "This was our first time to come together as a team and play someone else. I think our potential and depth was evident throughout the night." 

Further along in the first period of action, Seattle put together several nice offensive flurries only to be repelled by CSUN goalkeeper Rebecca Harper. The freshman played a total of 80 minutes and finished with four saves Saturday evening.

Seattle started the second period of action strongly, but it was Haley Chee who nearly doubled the Matador lead. The senior midfielder lifted a shot that rang off the far post before it could be corralled by the Redhawks. 

Seattle would tie the game with a rocket inside the 18-yard box around the 73rd minute of action. 

In the final period, a 30 minute session, Jovani McCaskill assumed the goalkeeper responsibilities for Northridge and posted a save. 

The teams combined for 20 shots and seven corner kicks. 

CSUN head coach Keith West was pleased with his team's performance. 

"I like where we are at after nine days of training. We are a little young and inexperienced, but the team is coming along great," West said. "Seattle is good side. They are going to win a lot of games this year."

The Matadors officially open the 2013 season next week with a pair of road matches at Pac-12 opponents. On Friday, Aug. 23, CSUN heads to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State at 7 p.m. Two days later, the Matadors will square off with No. 5 UCLA on the Pac-12 Network. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

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