September 24, 2008

Matadors Return Home to Face Dons in Search of Program's 100th All-Time Victory

Sept. 24, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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With the program's 100th all-time victory firmly within its reach, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-3-0) hosts San Francisco Sunday at Matador Soccer Field. The Matadors boast a balanced offense that has produced nine different goal scorers this season and 15 goals in their eight games.

Sophomore Farryn Townley and senior Kristal Phillips have bolstered the team with their return to the pitch in 2008. After both missed extensive time during the 2007 season, Townley and Phillps have combined for six goals and three assists in 2008.

Townley leads the team with four goals and is tied for the lead in the Big West Conference with three game-winning goals. She ranks second on the team with six shots on goal and fourth on the team with 11 total shots.

Phillips continues to move up the lists in several school all-time categories. With her assist on Townley's goal against Arizona, Phillips now has three for the season and 10 for her career, which is tied for the fourth most in school history. She also ranks among the school's top 10 in career goals (nine) and career points (26).

In other action last week, sophomore Katie Fox became the ninth different Matador to record a goal and the sixth Northridge player to score their career goal in 2008. She successfully converted a penalty kick against Arizona State, the Matadors' first attempt from the penalty spot this season.

Northridge will have to face San Francisco without the services of senior Nalena Betancourt, who received a red card against Arizona in the 73rd minute. It is the first time in Betancourt's career that she will miss a CSUN game.

In net, sophomore Leah Elliott continues to provide the Matadors with solid play. She owns a 5-3-0 record this season with a 1.19 goals-against-average and a .762 save percentage.

Hailing from the West Coast Conference, the Dons of San Francisco enter the week with a 4-4-1 record. They will play at UC Irvine on Sept. 26 before facing the Matadors. Nicole Moore leads the team with three goals and six points. Katherine Kimure has a team-high 21 shots this season and one goal while Lauren Abarca has a team-best two assists.

The Dons have used four different goalkeepers this season, with Kelly Pohle leading the team with 448 minutes in net and posting three of San Francisco's four wins. The two teams met last season in San Francisco, playing to a 0-0 draw. The Dons own the all-time series lead at 3-2-1 in six meetings, with CSUN having won last against USF on Sept. 25, 2005 in San Francisco (1-0).

Next week while the rest of the Big West Conference opens its league season, the Matadors head to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount on Oct. 3 and defending national champion USC on Oct. 5. The Lions and Matadors tangle at 4 p.m. and two days later CSUN meets the Trojans at 1 p.m.

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