September 13, 2010

Farryn Townley, Cynthia Jacobo Net Weekly Big West Awards

Sept. 13, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Following an unblemished 2-0 record at the UNLV Nike Classic, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team took home both the Big West Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday.

Senior Farryn Townley earned the Offensive Player of the Week nod after scoring her 18th career goal and sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo received Big West Co-Defensive Player of the Week for recording a pair of shutouts in the wins.

"I am extremely pleased to see Farryn and Cynthia honored for their performances in Las Vegas," head coach Keith West said. "It took a total team effort to defeat a pair of tough squads and Farryn and Cynthia excelled in leading us in those wins."

Townley headed home the game-winning goal in double overtime in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Kansas on Sept. 10. The goal was her third of the season and the 18th of her career, tying her for second in school history.

The goal was also her ninth career game-winning goal, moving her into a tie for 10th in Big West history with two other players. Finally, the goal's two points raised Townley's career total to 39, the fifth-most in school history and only six points of tying the all-time mark.

"It is nice to be recognized for my performance in Las Vegas," Townley said. "It definitely feels good to keep moving up the all-time lists at CSUN, though it is something I really hadn't thought about coming into the year. As for the team, I think our recent performances are really helping us make a name for ourselves. We want other teams to know that playing against the Matadors will never be an easy game."

For the season, Townley has three goals, six points and 13 shots. She ranks eighth in school history with 82 career shots.

In net, Jacobo posted a pair of shutouts at the UNLV Nike Classic, posting four saves against KU and seven against UNLV. The performances catapulted Jacobo up numerous record lists in the program's history.

Jacobo now stands at sixth in school history with nine career wins, fourth with 7.5 career shutouts and eighth with 64 career saves. In fact, eight of Jacobo's nine career wins have been shutouts.

For the season, she is 4-3 with a 1.27 goals-against-average, 39 saves and an .812 save percentage.

"We had a great team effort in beating a pair of great squads," Jacobo said. "We kept focused on getting the win and the shutout in both contests and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for all their hard work."

Both players become the first Matadors in Big West history to receive the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors after the league office created separate awards before the start of the 2010 season.

Jacobo shared the award with a fellow goalkeeper, UCSB's Makenna Henry, who helped lift the Gauchos to a 1-1 draw at No. 13 UCLA on Sept. 12.

Northridge returns to action Friday, Sept. 17 when they host the University of Pennsylvania at Matador Soccer Field. Kick off between the Matadors and Quakers is slated for 7 p.m.

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