Aug. 20, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (0-1) lost its season opener 2-0 to UC Santa Barbara Friday night at Harder Stadium. Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo made six saves in defeat for the Matadors, who open their home season Sunday night against No. 5 Portland.
The Gauchos, the league's preseason favorite, controlled the pace of play for most of the game. They cashed in on their opportunities early in each half to post a 2-0 shutout.
In the eighth minute of action, Kylie McDonald beat her defender down the left side of the pitch, then fed a cross that Erica Seidman chipped past Jacobo to give UCSB an early 1-0 lead.
In the 57th minute, Jacqui Simon sent a cracking shot from 25 yards past a sprawling Jacobo to double the home side's lead. Alissa Sanchez picked up an assist on the play.
Jacobo did her part to keep CSUN in the game, making several impressive stops. In the 41st minute, following a pair of corner kicks, Erica Shelton blasted a shot that required her to make a lunging save to her left. She also snuffed out a Gaucho one-on-one breakaway late in the second half.
For their part, the Matadors found little room to maneuver throughout the game. Their best chance came shortly after the first goal when Farryn Townley hit the top of the crossbar off a corner kick. The attempt was their only shot of the first half.
The second half saw Northridge add four more shots to their total, putting one on net. Makenna Henry made the one save to earn the shutout. UCSB finished with 14 shots in the game.
Several players made their official Northridge debuts in the match. Wendy Warner earned a start along the defensive backline and Megan Farrell, Brittanie Sakajian and Jessa Yukihiro all saw the pitch in the first frame. In the second half, Haley Chee made her first appearance for the Matadors.
CSUN returns to action Sunday when they host No. 5 Portland at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors and Pilots will start at 7 p.m., as the game will reintroduce nighttime soccer to the San Fernando Valley.
Tickets for all home women's matches are available through the CSUN Associated Students Ticket Office. Adults are $5, while youth 17 and under and seniors 60 and older are $3. There is also a $3 discounted rate ticket for CSUN Faculty/Staff, Military Service Personnel and CSUN Alumni Association Members with their respective identification cards.
CSUN students receive free admission to all home games with their CSUN I.D. Groups of 10 or more people may purchase $3 tickets, but tickets must be purchased a minimum of 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the A.S. Ticket Office at 818-677-2488.