Oct. 11, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Farryn Townley scored the overtime game-winner in the 100th minute of action to lead the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (6-8, 2-2 BWC) to a 1-0 victory over UC Davis at Aggie Field Sunday afternoon. Freshman Cynthia Jacobo made her first career start for Northridge in net and responded with five saves and her first career victory and shutout.
With 90 minutes not enough to separate the teams, CSUN went on the offensive in overtime. Junior Sonia Espitia and freshman Melissa Fernandez forced several saves from the Aggies' Sarah Peters in the overtime to set-up Townley's goal.
Following a Jacobo save, sophomore Brielle Slepicoff passed the ball up the field to junior Desiree Cardenas, who played a give-and-go with Fernandez into the Aggie offensive end. With two defenders coming at her, Fernandez slipped a pass to a streaking Townley who buried the one-timer to give the Matadors the win.
"We really brought our energy to the game and it is important to get these three points," Townley said. "We have a bunch of great teams in our conference and we need to keep winning. "
For Townley, the goal was her seventh of the season, tied for the fifth-most in school history for a single season with Becky Andrews (1995). She now has 13 for her career, the fifth-most most in school history, and leads the team with 14 points on the season. The assist was the first of Fernandez's career.
The other big story for Northridge was the play of Jacobo. A true freshman, she was the fourth goalkeeper to start a match for Northridge and answered the call with five saves for her first career shutout and win. She made two saves in the first half and in overtime.
"Cynthia did a great job for us today, keeping us in the game and making the plays she needed to when she was challenged," head coach Keith West said.
In all, Northridge finished with 18 shots, three more than UC Davis. Peters made four saves in the defeat for UC Davis. CSUN also won four corner kicks in the match while surrendering none to the Aggies.
"I think this was the best game we played all year. We brought a lot of energy and effort and it was a phenomenal victory," West added.
The win was the Matadors' first in Davis since the 2004 season, when Northridge also pulled out a 1-0 overtime victory on Sept. 17.
Northridge remains out on the road for its next two Big West Conference matches, traveling to UC Riverside on Oct. 16 for a 7 p.m. match and then heading to Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 18 for a 6 p.m. contest.