October 6, 2010

Matadors Hit the Road for League Matches at Gauchos and Mustangs

Oct. 6, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge takes Three-Game Winning Streak on the Road

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (7-5, 2-0 Big West) hits the highway for its next three Big West matches, beginning with a weekend roadtrip up the California Coast to face UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. Riding a three-game winning streak, the Matadors understand the challenges of facing a pair of squads looking up at them in the conference standings.

Last week, CSUN defeated San Diego, UC Davis and Pacific at Matador Soccer Field. The six points in the Big West puts Northridge at the top of the table. Against the Toreros, Erin Kelly converted a penalty kick in the fourth minute for the game's only goal. In the Big West opener against the Aggies, Farryn Townley tied the school record for her 19th career goal and Melissa Fernandez scored her first career goal. Finally, two days later, it was a header from Desiree Cardenas that lifted CSUN to a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

In addition to Townley's achievements, Cynthia Jacobo recored her 12th career win and ninth career shutout in the win over Pacific, moving her into third in both categories in school history. For her accomplishments, Jacobo was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 4, the second time this season the sophomore from Arleta, Calif., has received the award.

First up for the Matadors is a meeting with UC Santa Barbara, the second time the two schools will meet in the 2010 season. On Aug. 20, the Gauchos took a 2-0 victory over the Matadors, their 10th win in the last 11 meetings between the schools. In fact, Friday night's contest will be the fourth time the two schools have met on the pitch in the last 365 days. UCSB is 5-5-2 overall, but 4-1 at home. Kylie McDonald leads the team with nine points thanks to three goals and assists. Makenna Henry is among the league leaders with a 0.91 goals-against-average.

On Sunday, the Matadors head to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face the Mustangs, who host UC Irvine on Friday night. Cal Poly is 6-5-1 overall and 2-1 at home. They tied Long Beach State and defeated UC Riverside in Big West action last week. Whitney Sisler leads the team with six goals and 12 points. Bianca Burrright has 11 points courtesy of four goals and three assists.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo helped guide the Matadors to a perfect 3-0 mark last week, including a pair of Big West wins. For that performance, she earned her second Big West Defensive Player of the Week award on Oct. 4. Jacobo now has 12 wins and 9.0 shutouts for her career, the third-most in school history. For the season, Jacobo is 7-5 with a 1.27 goals-against-average, 57 saves and a .792 save percentage. In 2009, she earned Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West Second Team honors.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Senior Farryn Townley tied Erin Braodwell for the school record when she scored her 19th career goal in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over UC Davis. The two points also gave her 41 for her career, the fourth-most in school history and just five shy of setting a new school record. For the season, Townley has a team-high four goals, eight points and 26 shots. She also ranks 10th in Big West Conference history with nine career game-winning goals and eighth in school history with 93 career shots.

Fernandez Finds Finishing Form

Sophomore Melissa Fernandez recorded her first collegiate goal in dramatic fashion, collecting the game-winning goal in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over UC Davis. Orignally from Granada Hills, Calif., Fernandez corralled a cross from Amanda Smith and buried the ball past the Aggies' goalkeeper in the 65th minute. She now has a goal and two assists in her CSUN career.

Cardenas Transfers talent to CSUN

Senior Desiree Cardenas scored the match's only goal in CSUN's 1-0 victory over Pacific on Oct. 3. In the 16th minute, Cardenas headed home a free kick off the boot of Katie Russ for her second game-winning goal of the season and of her career. For the season, Cardenas is tied with Erin Kelly and Brittanie Sakajian for second on the team with two goals. For her career, Cardenas has four goals, two assists and 10 points.

Kelly's Heroes

Senior Erin Kelly picked up her second goal of the 2010 season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over San Diego on Sept. 27. After fellow senior Sonia Espitia was fouled in the penalty area, Kelly calmly stepped to the spot and delivered the game's only goal. Her first goal of the season came off a devastating free kick from roughly 30 yards out in the Matadors' 4-1 loss to UCLA. The tally was the second of Kelly's career and her first goal since 2008. For her career, Kelly has three goals and an assist for seven career points. She has started every game of the 2010 season for CSUN thus far.

Paging Barry Manilow

Redshirt freshman Amanda Smith picked up her second assist of the season in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over UC Davis. In the 65th minute Smith delivered the game-winning helper on Melissa Fernandez's goal. Her first career assist came in CSUN's 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's. Originally from Camarillo, Calif., Smith has appeared in all 12 matches in 2010.

Hawaiian Punch

Senior Jasmine Pratt earned her first assist of the season on Farryn Townley's goal in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over UC Davis. A four-year starter from Millilani, Hawai'i, Pratt has three career assists. Were she to appear in every CSUN match this season, Pratt would set a new school record in career appearances. .

Hit Me Baby One More Time

Freshman Brittanie Sakajian scored her first career game-winning goal in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over UNLV on Sept. 12. In the 64th minute of the match against the Rebels, Sakajian headed home a cross from teammate Alexis Barbara for the match's only score. A freshman from Valencia, Calif., Sakajian has two goals, a team-leading two assists and is tied with Farryn Townley for the team lead with six points. She had a goal and assist in the Matadors' 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's.

Brie All That You Can Brie

Junior Brielle Slepicoff picked up her first assist of the season in the Matadors' 1-0 victory over Kansas on Sept. 10, swinging in a cross that Farryn Townley headed home in the 102nd minute. She scored her first goal of the year in CSUN's 4-0 win over Saint Joe's. Slepicoff, an All-Big West Honorable Mention selection in 2009, now has two goals, six assists and 10 points for her career.

Sonia's Story

Senior Sonia Espitia added her first assist of the 2010 season in the Matadors' 2-1 victory over Pepperdine, helping on Farryn Townley's goal. She also scored the Matadors' first goal of the 2010 season. In the 58th minute of CSUN's match with Portland, Espitia laced a shot that deflected off a Pilot defender and into the net. The goal was the third of Espitia's career, with the first two coming in the 2009 season. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors for her play in 2009, which also included two assists. For her career, Espitia has three goals, five assists and 11 points.

Rewriting the History Books

The Matadors have made some history with their wins over West Coast Conference opponents Pepperdine and San Diego. The wins over the Waves and Toreros represent the program's first-ever victories in the respective series against the two schools. CSUN won for the first time in 10 chances with its' 2-1 victory against the Waves on Sept. 3. On Sept. 27, CSUN took a 1-0 victory over San Diego for its first win in seven chances.

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