Aug. 4, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A preseason survey of the Big West Conference women's soccer head coaches has placed the Matadors fifth, the league announced Tuesday. The Matadors, who finished fifth in 2008 with a 3-4-1 league record, picked up a total of 33 points in the poll.
A year after a seventh-place prediction by the league's coaches, CSUN narrowly edged out Cal State Fullerton (32) and UC Irvine (31) for the fifth spot among the conference's nine teams. UC Santa Barbara received five first-place votes and total of 75 points to top the chart.
Long Beach State placed second with 67 points and two first-place votes. Cal Poly checked in at third with one first-place vote and 65 points. Pacific earned the final first-place vote and received 53 points overall. UC Davis and UC Riverside were picked eighth and ninth with 28 and 21 points, respectively.
"I think there is a lot of parity in this league and the poll's results reflect that," CSUN Head Coach Keith West said. "Our non-conference schedule will have us ready to compete in another tough season in the Big West."
Of their conference opponents, Northridge has home matches against Cal Poly (Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m.), UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m.), UC Irvine (Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m.) and Long Beach State (Nov. 1, 1 p.m.).
The Matadors open their 2009 season on the road with a doubleheader in San Diego. On Aug. 21, CSUN takes on the Toreros of San Diego at 7 p.m. On Aug. 23, Northridge faces San Diego State at 1 p.m. Last season, CSUN took a 2-1 double-overtime, season-opening decision against the Aztecs.
Northridge's first home match of the season is on Aug. 27 when Loyola Marymount pays a visit to Matador Soccer Field for a 5 p.m. contest. Three days later, the Matadors host Pac 10 member Oregon State for a 1 p.m. match.
Click here for a preseason interview with Head Coach West.