Oct. 10, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (8-6, 3-1 Big West) defeated Cal Poly 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Sonia Espitia, had a goal and an assist, Desiree Cardenas scored her fifth career goal and Cynthia Jacobo made three saves as the Matadors won their first match ever on the Mustangs' campus.
The Matadors entered Sunday's contest winless in four all-time meetings with Cal Poly on the Mustangs' home turf. However, Espitia set the tone early, scoring in the 21st minute. She corralled a feed from Farryn Townley and looped a ball over Brooke Gauvin's head and into the back of the net.
For Espitia, the goal was her second of the season and fourth of her career. With an assist on Cardenas' goal, she has six assists and 14 points for her career. For Townley, the assist was the third of her career and the 42nd point of her career.
Cardenas doubled the Matadors' lead with her third goal of the season in the 77th minute. Espitia sent in a cross that Stephanie Galarze flicked toward the net with her head. Cardenas cleaned it up with a glancing header for her fifth career goal and 12th career point.
The assist was Espitia's second of the season and the helper was the first of Galarze's career.
Jacobo made three saves for Northridge, facing a total of eight shots from the Mustangs. The win moved her to 8-6 on the season and the shutout was her fifth of the year.
In just 21 career appearances, the shutout was the 10th of Jacobo's career, moving her into second in school history. Additionally, she now has 13 career wins, owning the third-most in school history outright. The three saves also gave her 91 for her career, moving past former teammate Kellie Drenner for seventh in school history.
In all, CSUN finished with 12 shots, forcing four saves from Gauvin. Both teams were whistled 10 times for fouls and Northridge's Brittanie Sakajian saw the yellow card in the 90th minute. She became just the third Matador to be cautioned in the 2010 season.
CSUN has now won four of its past five matches and eight of its last 12. The Matadors remained a perfect 7-0 on the season when scoring the first goal of the match.
The win moves the Matadors to 3-1 in the Big West Conference and the nine points puts them second in the table entering Friday's match at nationally ranked UC Irvine. The match, which will be held at Anteater Stadium, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.