September 11, 2013

CSUN Women's Soccer Prepares for Matches with Oregon State, Fresno State


NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

Matadors Host Beavers, Face Bulldogs in Fresno

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (1-5) begins a stretch of four of its next five games at home by hosting the Oregon State Beavers in a non-conference match on Thursday, Sept. 12. Kickoff between the two squads, their first meeting since the 2009 season and CSUN's fourth opponent from the Pac-12 Conference, is slated for 7 p.m. Three days later, CSUN plays its final non-conference road contest of the season, traveling to Fresno State for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Sept. 15. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw last season at Matador Soccer Field.

Last week, CSUN won its first match of the year in dramatic fashion. Trailing 1-0 after a Houston goal midway through the second half, the Matadors tied the match in the waning moments of regulation. Freshman Breanna McCallum scored CSUN's goal at 89:59 to send the match into overtime, where junior Brittanie Sakajian scored the winning goal in the first extra period. Sophomore Cynthia Tafoya recorded her first career victory in net by making two saves against the Cougars.

Although CSUN lost at Texas Tech two days after its triumph over Houston, junior Hannah Wissler scored her first career goal in the contest. She headed home a free kick from Chloe McDaniel in the second half.

This week, CSUN will look to continue to build towards Big West play with another pair of challenging non-conference opponents.  Oregon State is 1-4-1 on the season after having played its last four matches of the season at home. The Beavers are coming off a pair of shutout losses to UC Irvine and Hawai'i. Chelsea Buckland has scored two goals while Brandi Dawson has one on the year.

Fresno State is coming off a highly successful road trip to the state of Washington, where the Bulldogs defeated Gonzaga and Eastern Washington. The 3-2 win over the Eagles came in double overtime as Morgan Castain scored her second goal of the match in the 102nd minute of action. Ariana Holmes tallied the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Gonzaga. Fresno State has already played Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara and faces UC Riverside on the road Friday before hosting CSUN.

Next Week

CSUN plays a pair of matches at Matador Soccer Field next week, hosting Tulsa on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and San Diego on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Both matches are part of CSUN Soccer Doubleheaders and will be accompanied by contests from the CSUN men's soccer team. The men's squad, ranked 11th in the nation, faces UNLV on Sept. 20 (5 p.m.) and UCLA on the 22nd (7 p.m.). 

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