Oct. 15, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After playing eight of its last nine matches on the road, the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-7-1, 0-2-0 BWC) finally returns to the friendly confines of the Matador Soccer Field this week for a pair of Big West Conference matches. On Friday, the Matadors welcome UC Davis and then host Pacific on Sunday in their first home league matches of the season.
In action last weekend, CSUN dropped both of its Big West matches, losing 3-0 to UC Santa Barbara before falling 1-0 to Cal Poly. Against the Mustangs, Northridge saw the game's only goal head into the back of net with only five seconds remaining in match.
Against Cal Poly, sophomore Leah Elliott made a career-high 14 saves, two saves short of tying the school record. She now has 76 saves on the season, the second-highest figure in the Big West Conference and the eighth-most in school history for a single season.
For the year, Elliott owns a 1.32 goals-against-average and a .809 save percentage, ranking sixth and fourth, respectively, among all Big West Conference goaltenders. Her 5.85 saves-per-game is second among all league keepers and she has played over 1,226 minutes in net this season.
Despite owning a 1-7-1 record of its last nine contests, Northridge remains confident heading into this weekend's tilts, especially since it is 3-0-1 in its four matches at Matador Soccer Field in 2008. The Matadors have outscored their opponents, 10-5, in those four contests.
UC Davis returns to Southern California this weekend, having earned a 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton and a 0-0 at UC Riverside. Marisa Boge, Rochelle VanBuskirk and Samantha Faber all have scored three goals this season to lead the team and Lisa Kemp has a team-high three assists this season.
Sarah Peters has started all 13 games in net for UC Davis, having posted a 1.01 goals-against average and a .745 save percentage. The Aggies defeated the Matadors last season, 1-0 in overtime, last season, their first as a member of the Big West Conference.
On Sunday, Pacific comes to Matador Soccer Field, fresh off a pair of victories in Southern California last weekend. The Tigers defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-2 before winning 4-1 at UC Riverside. Before facing the Matadors, the Tigers have a mid-week meeting with UC Santa Barbara.
Kristina Wavomba leads the team with seven goals and 15 points this season, while Laura King's four assists is tops amongst the Tigers. Amanda McNabb has started all 13 games in net for Pacific this season, posting a 1.15 goals-against-average and a .750 save percentage. Pacific won the 2007 meeting between the two squads, taking a 2-1 overtime decision in Stockton.
Next week, the Matadors head back out on the road for another pair of Big West Conference matches. On Oct. 23, CSUN plays under the lights at UC Irvine in a match starting at 7 p.m. and then travels to Long Beach State on Oct. 26 for a noon meeting with the 49ers.