October 19, 2010

Matadors Break From League Play at Bakersfield before Traveling to Long Beach State

Oct. 19, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Sunday's Match with 49ers Pivotal in Big West Playoff Picture

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (9-7, 4-2 Big West) will play its final two road matches of the regular season this week, venturing to Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday before heading to Long Beach State Sunday for a crucial league match for both squads. At 4-2 and 12 points in the league standings, Northridge currently sits in second place and will look to further solidify its spot in the postseason with an important meeting with the 49ers.

Last week, Northridge dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 double-overtime decision at No. 18 UC Irvine before rebounding with a 1-0 victory against UC Riverside. Senior Farryn Townley scored the Matador goal in the win against the Highlanders, the 20th of her career, and became the Northridge all-time leader in the category. Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo earned her sixth shutout of the season by making two stops and remains among the league leaders in goals-against-average (1.06, 4th), save percentage (.815, 2nd) and saves (75, 2nd).

On Thursday, Oct. 21, Northridge travels to face Cal State Bakersfield in a non-league match. The Roadrunners are 4-5-5 on the season and are coming off a 3-0 loss at Creighton on Oct. 16. Sam Pena leads the team with five goals and 10 points on the season. Tyler Shirk has three goals and an assist for seven points. In net, Kym Gause sports a 1.25 GAA, 61 saves and a .772 save percentage. CSUB is 1-2-2 over its last five matches, having allowed eight goals in that span.

On Sunday, CSUN resumes Big West play with a pivotal contest at Long Beach State. The 49ers are undefeated in their last seven matches and host No. 18 UC Irvine on Thursday night. Heading into that match, Nadia Link leads the team with seven goals and 15 points, Shawna Gordon adds three goals and seven assists and Lindsay Bullock, fresh off a hat trick at Cal State Fullerton, has five goals and two assists. In net, Emily Kingsborough has a 1.07 GAA, 57 saves and a .792 save percentage. The 49ers have outscored their opponents, 12-4, in Big West play.

Townley Sets School Record in Career Goals

Senior Farryn Townley scored the Matadors' only goal in their 1-0 victory against UC Riverside, the 20th of her career and set a new school record in the process. The strike came in the 32nd minute and was Townley's team-leading fifth tally and 11th point of the season. She now has 44 career points, one shy of tying former teammate Kristy Krohn for the school record. In fact, exactly half of Townley's career goals have been game winners, putting her into a tie for ninth in Big West Conference history. She is also tied for seventh in school history with 97 career shots. Townley also adds three career assists to her stat line and was a 2009 All-Big West First Team selection after finishing with nine goals, tying a school record, two assists and 20 points.

Jacobo & Myers

Sophomore Cynthia Jacobo made two saves in the Matadors' 1-0 victory against UC Riverside, recording her ninth win and sixth shutout of the season. Both totals stand fourth in school history for a single season. Her 75 saves for the season ranks ninth in school history for a single year and her 99 career stops is one shy of moving into a tie for sixth in school history. For the season, Jacobo is 9-7 with a 1.06 goals-against-average and an .815 save percentage. In 2009, she earned Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West Second Team honors. Her 1,438 minutes in net already ranks ninth in school history for a single season.

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 her 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, 2009. 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.

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 over 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 16 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 16 matches in 2010.

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 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.