October 24, 2010

Long Beach State Edges Northridge, 2-1

Oct. 24, 2010

Box Score

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (10-8, 4-3 Big West) lost 2-1 to Long Beach State Sunday afternoon at George Allen Field. Heidi Farran scored the Northridge goal and Cynthia Jacobo had three saves, but a goal by Lindsey Bullock in the 33rd minute held up as the deciding tally.

The Matadors remain at 12 points in the league, falling behind the 49ers, who moved to 13 points with the win. CSUN has one Big West match remaining, a home contest against Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Despite trailing for a majority of the match, Northridge created more chances in the second frame. They out-shot LBSU, 7-1, in the final 45 minutes and Desiree Cardenas had a goal called back in the last 10 minutes due to an offsides call.

Farryn Townley nearly tied the game midway through the half, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar. Melissa Fernandez also had an attempt sail clear of the crossbar with about 10 minutes left in the match.

Jacobo finished with three saves in the match, all in the first half, to raise her career total to 102. That checks in as the sixth-most in school history. She is now 10-8 with a 1.11 goals-against-average, 78 saves and a .796 save percentage.

Long Beach State got on the board first, as Bo Rael headed home a corner kick in the fifth minute. Nicole Sweetman earned an assist on the play.

The Matadors evened the score in the 24th minute. Sonia Espitia put on a nifty dribbling display in the right corner and then swung in a cross that Heidi Farran buried past the 49ers' goalkeeper, Emily Kingsborough.

The goal was Farran's first of the season and fifth of her career. For Espitia, the assist was her team-leading third of the season and seventh of her career. She also now has a career-high seven points on the year thanks to two goals.

LBSU responded with a goal by Bullock in the 33rd minute. Marysol Rosas swung in a cross from the left side that she headed back across the goal mouth and past Jacobo.

In all, CSUN out-shot LBSU, 11-9, and the Matadors had three corner kicks to the 49ers' four.

CSUN's Stephanie Norton saw the yellow card in the waning moments of the match. Kingsborough also saw the yellow card late in the match for delaying the game on a goal kick. She finished with three saves for Long Beach State.

The Matadors play their final two games of the season next week, hosting Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and Seattle University on Halloween at 1 p.m. Both matches will be at Matador Soccer Field.

Before the match against the Redhawks, CSUN will honor its five graduating seniors: Farryn Townley, Erin Kelly, Sonia Espitia, Jasmine Pratt and Desiree Cardenas.

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