September 12, 2013

Matadors Post 3-1 Victory over Oregon State

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Chloe McDaniel, Camille Watson and Hannah Wissler all scored to lead the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-5) to a 3-1 victory over Oregon State Thursday evening at Matador Soccer Field. McDaniel and Wissler both successfully converted attempts from the penalty spot while Watson's first career goal stood as the game-winning strike as the Matadors downed the Beavers.

Playing at home for just the second time this season, CSUN posted its second win of the year behind a solid offensive night. The Matadors posted 19 total shots and put 13 attempts on the goal frame. Northridge also had four corner kicks in the first half, one more than they had totaled in their previous six contests.

After a frenzied start that saw both goalkeeper forced to make tough saves, the Matadors struck first Thursday night. A hand ball in the Oregon State penalty area in the 31st minute set up McDaniel's fifth career goal.

The second half started out smartly for the Matadors, who scored just 28 seconds into the half. Leandra Walker connected to Amanda Smith off a throw in and Smith sent a cross to the feet of Watson. From there, the freshman deftly put the ball into the upper corner of the netting to double the CSUN lead.

The assist was Smith's second of the year and Walker's first of the season. Smith now has nine career assists and is nearing the school's all-time top 10 for the category.

CSUN extended its lead to 3-0 in the 59th minute. Sophomore Lyndsey Preston was tripped inside the Beavers' penalty area. That set up Wissler's second goal in as many matches.

Oregon State was not deterred and a CSUN foul in its penalty area set up Natalie Meiggs' penalty kick goal in the 67th minute of action.

Overall, both teams finished with 19 shots Thursday night. CSUN's Cynthia Tafoya made a career-high seven saves to post her second win of the season. Sammy Prudhomme made 10 stops in defeat for OSU.

Although the teams combined for just 19 fouls, four players saw yellow cards, including three Matadors: Brittanie Sakajian, Taylor Hobson and Jennifer Waldo.

The win was CSUN's second vs. the Pac-12 Conference since the 1999 season. Since the installation of lights at Matador Soccer Field prior to the 2011 season, CSUN is now 20-10-3 (.652) in home matches.

Northridge will look to keep the momentum going Sunday when they travel to face the Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday, Sept. 15. Kickoff between the Matadors and Bulldogs is slated for 1 p.m.

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