Matadors Travel to Face No. 18 UC Irvine before Hosting UC Riverside

Oct. 14, 2010

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Friday's Meeting with Anteaters Features Top Two Squads in Big West

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (8-6, 3-1 Big West) will face its fourth ranked team of the season Friday night when they travel to Orange County to face No. 18 UC Irvine. Two days later, CSUN returns home to Matador Soccer Field to host UC Riverside. Both games are slated to start at 6 p.m. and represent two more quality chances for the Matadors to continue their push to the playoffs.

Last week, Northridge split its two road contests, falling 1-0 to UC Santa Barbara before taking a 2-0 decision over Cal Poly. The win over the Mustangs was the first in school history on the road and was fueled by a three-point performance from Sonia Espitia and three saves from Cynthia Jacobo. Desiree Cardenas added her third goal of the season and Stephanie Galarze picked up her first career assist as the Matadors secured a crucial three road points.

The schedule does not get any easier for head coach Keith West and the Matadors. No. 18 UC Irvine (12-1-2, 4-0 Big West) has won its last nine matches and is undefeated in its last 12 overall. The Anteaters lead the Big West in numerous offensive and defensive categories. Tanya Taylor leads the team with nine goals, eight assists and 26 points. Daniell de Seriere has a 0.76 goals-against-average and an .810 save percentage. However, there has only been one goal scored in the last three meetings between CSUN and UCI (Heidi Farran, 2009), a span of 310 minutes.

On Sunday, UC Riverside comes calling to Matador Soccer Field for a game under the lights. The Highlanders are 1-10-2 on the year, having lost all three of their Big West contests thus far. Jessica White has a .789 save percentage and 1.44 GAA for the Highlanders and leads the league with 74 saves. Candis Novis and Melisa Escamilla each have a goal on the year.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo picked up 13th career win and 10th career shutout in the Matadors' 2-0 victory at Cal Poly. She now ranks third and second in those respective categories in school history. Her eight wins in 2010 have already tied former teammate Leah Elliott for the fourth-best total in school history for a single year. The win over the Mustangs came on the heels of a three-win week that helped Jacobo earn her second Big West Defensive Player of the Week award on Oct. 4. For the season, Jacobo is 8-6 with a 1.16 goals-against-average, 67 saves and an .807 save percentage. In 2009, she earned Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West Second Team honors.

Cardenas Transfers Talent to CSUN

Senior Desiree Cardenas picked up her third goal of the season in the Matadors' 2-0 victory at Cal Poly. That total puts her second on the team in 2010 and her six points ties her for second as well. She picked up first career game-winning goal in the Matadors' win against Saint Joseph's and then added another game winner in the 1-0 victory against Pacific. For her career, Cardenas has five goals, two assists and 12 points.

Sonia's Story

Senior Sonia Espitia recorded her second career three-point game and game-winning goal in the Matadors' 2-0 win at Cal Poly. She opened the scoring in the 21st minute for her second goal of the year. Espitia added her second assist of the year on Desiree Cardenas' goal in the 77th minute. Her first career three-point game and game-winning goal came at San Diego State on Aug. 22, 2008. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors for her play in 2009, which also included two assists. For her career, Espitia has four goals, six assists and 14 points.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Senior Farryn Townley recorded her first assist of the season on Sonia Espitia's game-winning goal at Cal Poly. The helper raised her season total to a team-high nine points and gives her 42 for her career, just three shy of tying the school record. In the match against UC Davis, Townley tied Erin Braodwell for the school record when she scored her 19th career goal. For the season, Townley has a team-high four goals, nine points and 28 shots. She also ranks 10th in Big West Conference history with nine career game-winning goals and eighth in school history with 95 career shots.

Rewriting The History Books

The Matadors have made some history with their wins in the 2010 season. First, CSUN defeated a pair of West Coast Conference opponents Pepperdine and San Diego, for the program's first wins ever of the two programs. Then, on Oct. 10, CSUN recorded its first win in school history in San Luis Obispo with a 2-0 victory against the Mustangs. 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.

Galarze Earns First Career Point

Sophomore Stephanie Galarze picked up her first career assist in the Matadors' 2-0 victory at Cal Poly. In the 77th minute, Galarze headed a cross from Sonia Espitia back across the goalmouth and onto the head of teammate Desiree Cardenas. For the season, Galarze has appeared in all 14 matches and has eight shots, putting four on goal.

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.

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 14 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.