June 2, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A total of 10 home dates, including match-ups with cross-town rivals UCLA and LMU, highlight the 2009 Cal State Northridge women's soccer schedule, Head Coach Keith West has announced. In addition to the Bruins, the Matadors will host Oregon State, Hawai'i and close out the season with a three-game homestand.
In all, CSUN will play 19 matches during the 2009 campaign and their opponents posted a cumulative 186-154-43 record in 2008. The Matadors will face four teams that participated in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and face eight teams that registered at least 10 victories last season.
"I am very excited about our schedule this year and look forward to having 10 games at Matador Soccer Field," West said. "Our trips to New Mexico and Creighton will be good tests and we also have strong challenges in Oregon State and UCLA to prepare us for the Big West Conference season."
Northridge opens up the season with a pair of matches in San Diego. On Aug. 21, the Matadors face the University of San Diego at 7 p.m. and on Aug. 23 they take on San Diego State at 1 p.m. The Matadors defeated the Aztecs, 2-1, in double overtime last year in the season opener.
On Aug. 27, the Matadors host Loyola Marymount in their home opener at 5 p.m. Three days later, the Beavers of Oregon State will face CSUN at 1 p.m. This will be the Matadors' first home match against the Lions in five years and second home meeting all time against Oregon State.
The Matadors make their first trip out of California to face Creighton in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 4. The contest will be the first ever between the two schools. Last season, the Cal State Northridge men's soccer team played at Creighton, dropping a tough 1-0 decision.
The turnaround will be quick for Northridge. Two days after the contest with the Blue Jays, the Catamounts of Vermont pay a visit to Matador Soccer Field. The two teams will meet at 11 a.m. for the first time in the series history.
For their final out-of-state trip of the year, Northridge heads to Albuquerque, N.M., to participate in a tournament on the campus of the University of New Mexico. On Sept. 11, the Matadors will face the host Lobos and on Sept. 13, CSUN will take on Kent State.
Following the New Mexico tournament, the Matadors open a four-match homestand beginning with a Sept. 18 contest against Hawai'i at 4 p.m. The Rainbow Wahine and Matadors will meet for the second time in three years at Matador Field, as CSUN took a 2-1 double-overtime victory on Sept. 21, 2007.
One week later, the Bruins pay a visit to Matador Soccer Field. CSUN and UCLA will continue their series, in which UCLA owns a 4-1 advantage, on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Northridge's only victory in the all-time series came at home on Sept. 10, 1996, when the Matadors prevailed 2-1.
The four-match homestand concludes the following week as CSUN opens Big West Conference action. On Oct. 2, the Matadors face Cal Poly at 2:30 p.m. and then host UC Santa Barbara also at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.
On Oct. 11, Northridge travels for a pair of matches, beginning with an Oct. 11 meeting with UC Davis at 7 p.m. On Oct. 9, the Matadors face Pacific at noon. In 2008, CSUN defeated the Aggies for the program's 100th all-time victory.
Northridge remains on the road the following week, facing UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. The Highlanders host the Matadors on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and the Titans entertain CSUN on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.
The Matadors close out the 2009 regular season with a three-match homestand, beginning with a non-conference match against Cal State Bakersfield on Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Two days later, Northridge resumes league play, hosting UC Irvine on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. The last two meetings between the Matadors and Anteaters have resulted in scoreless draws.
The Big West Championships, which include the top four teams in the league standings begins on Nov. 5 with a pair of semi-final contests and concludes on Nov. 8 with the championship game. The winner of the conference tournament title receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.