Oct. 3, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (7-5, 2-0 BWC) took their second consecutive match to open up Big West Conference play, as they edged the Pacific Tigers (3-6-3, 0-2 BWC), 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. Desiree Cardenas headed in the deciding goal in the 16th minutes of the first half for her second score of the season.
The Matadors broke through with the score off a free kick by Katie Russ, who sent a nice pass to Cardenas inside the box to the left of the goal. The senior then sent a perfect header that found the back of the net to give CSUN a 1-0 lead.
It was the fourth goal of Cardenas' career and she now has 10 career points. Russ picked up her first assist of the season and second of her career on the play.
CSUN out-shot Pacific 10-7 in the second half and nearly came away with another goal. Off a free kick, Cardenas sent a shot high of the net but Pacific goalkeeper, Jill Medigovich reached up and knocked the ball over the net out of bounds.
A total of 11 different Matadors had shots in the match, as they combined for 14 total attempts. Melissa Fernandez and Cardenas each had a shot on goal.
The lead held up due to strong Matador defense that held their fifth opponent scoreless this season.
Cynthia Jacobo saved two shots in the contest en route to her fourth shutout this season. Jacobo's effort Sunday afternoon earned her ninth career shutout, which ties Tawni Takagi for third all-time in Northridge history. The sophomore goalkeeper also picked up her 12th career victory, which ties her for third in school history with Karen Comstock and Takagi.
For the year, Jacobo is 7-5 with a 1.27 goals-against-average, 57 saves and a .792 save percentage.
With Sunday's victory, the Matadors are now 6-2 this season in games decided by one goal, including 2-0 against Big West competition after defeating UC Davis on Oct. 1, 2-1.
The Matadors have now won seven of their last 10 matches after starting the season 0-2. CSUN is also a perfect 6-0 on the season when scoring the first goal of the match and 5-3 in shutouts.
CSUN returns to the pitch on Friday, Oct. 8 when it travels to Santa Barbara to face UC Santa Barbara. Kickoff between the Matadors and Gauchos is slated for 7 p.m.