September 3, 2010

Northridge Rallies Past Pepperdine for 2-1 Victory

Sept. 3, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-2) rallied to defeat Pepperdine, 2-1, Friday night in a non-conference match at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors' victory over the Waves snapped a nine-match winless streak for CSUN in the series and came courtesy of an own goal in the waning moments of the contest.

The Matadors had to fight for the full 90 minutes to earn their first win over the Waves in the all-time series. Prior to Friday night, Pepperdine was 7-0-2 in the all-time series between the two squads.

With the teams tied at 1-1 in the 88th minute, Brielle Slepicoff rifled a cross into the box from roughly 25 yards out. Unfortunately for Pepperdine, Kelsea Smith, in an attempt to clear the ball, wound up redirecting the ball past her goalkeeper for the deciding tally.

Northridge tied the game up 15 minutes earlier, courtesy of Farryn Townley's second goal of the season. After Brittanie Sakajian won the ball deep in the right corner, she fed a pass to Sonia Espitia, who then connected with Townley to knot the game at 1-1 in the 73rd minute.

For Townley, the goal was the 17th of her career, moving her into a tie with Brianna Monka for third in school history. Townley also moved into a tie with Leila Pate for fifth in school history with 37 career points.

The assist was Sakajian's second helper of the season and gives her four points for the year. Espitia picked up her first helper of the year on the play and now has a goal and an assist for the campaign.

Pepperdine opened the match's scoring in the 66th minute. Anisa Guarjado collected a loose ball in front of goal and put it past Northridge's Cynthia Jacobo for her third goal of the season.

Despite the goal, Jacobo finished with a season-high seven saves and is now 2-2 with a 1.27 goals-against-average, 19 saves and a .792 save percentage. Her counterpart, Roxanne Barker, finished with six saves in the match for Pepperdine.

In all, CSUN finished with 14 shots to Pepperdine's 19, while the Waves had four corner kicks to zero for the Matadors. CSUN almost had a third goal in the contest, but a blast off Townley's foot was waved off for offsides after the referee consulted with his assistant.

Northridge returns to action Sunday when they travel to face No. 11 UCLA. The Matadors and Bruins will square off at Drake Stadium at 1 p.m.

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