September 28, 2008

Northridge, San Francisco Play to 1-1 Draw

Sept. 28, 2008

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (6-3) earned a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon against San Francisco at Matador Soccer Field. Freshman Nancy Avesyan scored her second goal of the season, while sophomore goalkeeper Leah Elliott made a career-high nine saves for CSUN.

Avesyan got on the board first, scoring in the 15th minute for her second tally of the season. Sophomore Sonia Espitia picked up her first assist of the season and her career on the play. Avesyan now has two goals, three assists and seven points in her rookie season.

USF's Kristina Hall leveled in the game in the 85th minute off a free kick. The Dons are now 4-5-2.

Northridge was not without its chances. Senior Kristal Phillips missed a penalty kick opportunity and finished the game with five shots, four of which came on goal. The Matadors also watched a pair of opportunities in overtime narrowly miss the back of the net.

In all, CSUN finished with 20 total shots for the game, eight of which came on net. The teams finished close in fouls, with Northridge committing 13 while San Francisco was whistled 14 times. The Dons held a sizable advantage in corner kicks, earning six in comparison to Northridge's one.

Next week, while the rest of the Big West Conference opens league play next week, Northridge heads to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount and defending national champion, USC. The Matadors meet the Lions on Friday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. and then face the Trojans at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5.

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