October 28, 2010

Matadors Punch Their Ticket into Big West Tournament with 2-0 Victory over Cal State Fullerton

Oct. 28, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (11-8, 5-3 Big West) defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-0 Thursday night at Matador Soccer Field. Farryn Townley and Katie Russ scored the Matador goals as Northridge defeated the Titans for the third-straight time and qualified for the Big West Tournament for the second-consecutive season.

At 5-3 and 15 points, Northridge has now qualified for the Big West Tournament for the third time in school history. The Matadors will need to await the weekend's results to see where they are seeded in the four-team tournament. They could finish anywhere from second to fourth depending on the results.

Townley set a new school record with her goal in the 39th minute, recording her 46th career point in the process. That total eclipsed the previous mark of 45 held by Kristy Krohn. Coming off the bench, Townley took a feed from Melissa Fernandez, split the defense and beat the goalkeeper to the far post.

The goal was Townley's sixth of the season and 21st of her career, bolstering her school record in the category as well. The goal was also the 11th game-winning goal of Townley's career, tying her with Long Beach State's Haley Bolt for eighth in Big West Conference history. For Fernandez, the assist was her second of the season.

CSUN scored again in the final minute of the first half. Fernandez lined up a free kick from roughly 30 yards out and sent it sailing toward the goal frame. Fullerton's Lindsey Maricic stopped the ball initially, but the rebound fell to the feet of Russ, who deposited her first career goal. Fernandez earned her second assist of the evening and is now tied for the team lead with Sonia Espitia with three assists on the year.

In net, Cynthia Jacobo recorded a career-high nine saves for the Matadors to earn her seventh shutout of the season. That total is the third-most in school history for a single season and her 11 victories on the year ties her with April Cline and Karen Comstock for the second-most wins in a single campaign.

For the season, Jacobo is 11-8 with a 1.05 goals-against-average and an .813 save percentage. Her 87 saves on the year now ranks sixth in school history for a single season. Her biggest save of the night came in the second half when she tipped a shot from Brisa Gonzalez just past the far post.

In all, Fullerton finished with 22 shots to the Matadors' 20. Northridge managed four corner kicks to the Titans' two and CSUN held a 9-8 advantage in fouls. The Matadors are a perfect 10-0 on the season when scoring the first goal of the match. Maricic made eight saves in defeat for the Titans.

Northridge closes out the 2010 regular season with a home match against Seattle University on Halloween. Kickoff between the Matadors and Redhawks is slated for 1 p.m. Before the match, CSUN will honor the five seniors on the 2010 roster: Farryn Townley, Erin Kelly, Sonia Espitia, Jasmine Pratt and Desiree Cardenas.

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