November 5, 2009

Northridge Suffers Narrow 2-1 Loss to UCSB in Big West Tournament

Nov. 5, 2009

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team dropped a tough 2-1 decision to UC Santa Barbara Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Big West Tournament. Junior Farryn Townley tied a school record with her ninth goal of the season in the defeat and freshman Cynthia Jacobo made three saves for the Matadors.

In a tightly contested match throughout the full 90 minutes, an own goal by CSUN turned out to be the difference maker. UCSB jumped out to 1-0 lead in the 68th minute on a goal by Jacqui Simon, who collected a rebound and beat Jacobo to her right.

The 84th minute would then provide the match's two other goals. With the Matadors pressing the attack, Jacobo left her line to play a ball in the right side of the Matadors' 18. A UCSB attacker collected the ball and flicked it over Jacobo's head, where a Matador defender made an effort to clean the line, but wound up knocking it into the net instead.

Less than 40 seconds later, Townley took a cross from sophomore Brielle Slepicoff to bring CSUN back to within 2-1. For Townley, the goal was her ninth of the season, tying her with Kristy Krohn (2005) and Brianna Monka (2005) for the most goals by an individual Matador in school history. The assist was Slepicoff's second of the season.

Townley ended the year with a team-high 20 points, which tied for the third-most in school history for a single campaign, and she now has 15 goals for her career, tied with Leila Pate for the fourth-most in school history.

In net, Jacobo saw her streak of over 560 scoreless minutes end on the Simon goal. She finished her rookie season with a 5-1 record, five shutouts, a 0.30 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage. She finished with three saves in the match to push her season total to 24.

Jacobo's 0.30 GAA is the best mark by a CSUN goalie in school history for a single season. Her five shutouts tied for fifth in school history for a single season.

Also making school history in the match was senior Sydney Vermillion, who made her 76th career appearance for Northridge, setting a new school record. The match was the final NCAA contest for CSUN's three seniors: Vermillion, Kelley Ross and Niki Connolly.

The Matadors finish the year with a 10-10 overall mark and their 6-2 league record tied for the best conference result in school history.

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