Matadors Return Home for Matches with Cal State Bakersfield, UC Irvine

Oct. 22, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge faces Roadrunners in Non-Conference Contest before hosting Anteaters

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (8-8, 4-2 BWC) returns to Matador Soccer Field for its final three games of the 2009 regular season riding an impressive three-game winning streak. The Matadors have taken their last three results by 1-0 decisions, all on the road against league opponents. The success has temporarily lifted CSUN into third-place in the league standings entering this week's matches. However, after a non-conference meeting with Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, Northridge hosts UC Irvine Sunday in a pivotal match with Big West Tournament implications.

The Matadors picked up their second and third-straight wins last week with victories at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. Junior Farryn Townley and senior Niki Connolly scored the goals, respectively, and freshman Cynthia Jacobo continued to keep offensive threats at bay. The three-game road winning streak has matched the school record for consecutive road victories in conference play.

Northridge opens the week with its last non-conference match of the season, a meeting with Cal State Bakersfield. The Roadrunners, who are in the final year of their transition from Division II to Division I, are 4-9-2 on the season and 0-6-2 over their last eight games. Against Big West opponents, CSUB is 2-2-2, having drawn 0-0 with both Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton in its most recent decisions. Sam Pena and Kassi Massey both have a team-high three goals and six points and Raquel Gervas has two goals on the year. Kym Gause has played the majority of time in net, posting a 1.54 goals-against-average and a .783 save percentage with 4 shutouts.

On Sunday, UC Irvine comes to Northridge in both team's only league match of the week. The Anteaters ran out to a 7-3-1 record in the non-conference season and currently sit in fourth in the Big West with 10 points and a 3-2-1 record. On offense, UCI leads the conference in shots (240), points (91), goals (32) and assists (27). Tanya Taylor and Dana Sanderlin each have six goals and two others have at least four. In goal, Danielle de Seriere has started all but one match and owns a 0.98 GAA and 51 saves with seven shutouts on the season. UC Irvine has allowed only 17 goals all season.

A peek at the all-time series between Northridge and this week's opponents reveals a historic advantage for the Matadors. CSUN is 2-0 all-time against the Roadrunners, having defeated them in 2007 and 2008. Against UC Irvine, Northridge is 6-3-3 all-time, though the two teams have played to a pair of scoreless draws in their last two contests. However, CSUN is 6-1-2 against the Anteaters since the 2000 season.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Junior Farryn Townley continued her assault on the school record for goals in a single season when she tallied the game-winning strike against UC Riverside. For the season, Townley has a team-high eight goals, one off the school record, and a conference-best five game-winning goals. She has scored against four league opponents and now has 14 goals in her career, the fifth-most in school history. Among league players, she ranks tied for second in goals and fifth in points (16). Her 28 career points is now tied for eighth in school history with Shannon DeVos and Tryna Tafoya.

Jacobo & Myers

Freshman Cynthia Jacobo continued her stellar play in goal for the Matadors, posting two more shutouts last week to raise her season total to three and give her a perfect 3-0 record for the season. In fact, Jacobo has not allowed a goal in over 270 minutes and helped the Matadors tie a school record for consecutive conference road wins and finish 3-1 away from home in league play. Jacobo gave up her redshirt season in the 1-0 victory at UC Davis on Oct. 11.

It Was All a Dream

It has not taken senior Niki Connolly much time to get acclimated to Northridge soccer team. In the match at Cal State Fullerton, Connolly collected a loose ball in the Titans' 18 and blasted it into the open net to give CSUN the 1-0 victory at Titan Stadium, the program's first ever. She now is second on the team with her three goals and seven points. She is also second on the team with 24 shots and has two game-winning goals. A transfer from UNLV, Connolly had nine goals and seven assists for the Rebels in three seasons.

If I had a Ver-Million Dollars

Senior Sydney Vermillion collected her second assist of the season on Farryn Townley's game-winning goal at UC Riverside. A mainstay on the Matador defense in all four seasons of her career, Vermillion has appeared in all 16 matches thus far in 2009 and has played in 72 matches for her career, the fifth-most in school history. She is on pace to tie Rachel Gillis (2003-07) for the most career appearances in school history.

Russ to the Rescue

Redshirt freshman Katie Russ played an unexpected role in the Matadors' 3-2 victory over Cal Poly. After injuries knocked out CSUN's top two goalkeepers, Russ left her center back position and assumed the duties in net. In the process, she earned the victory for the Matadors, playing the final 28 minutes and allowing only one goal. Russ has started all 12 games for Northridge in her first official season with the team.

Cardenas Transfers talent to CSUN

Junior Desiree Cardenas recorded a three-point game in the win over Cal Poly, heading home her second goal of the season and picking up the game-winning assist on Farryn Townley's goal. Cardenas now has six points (2 G, 2A) on the season, good for the second most on the team.

We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game

Sophomore Heidi Farran's picked up her second goal of the season in the victory over Cal Poly. Early in the match, Farran broke through the Mustang defense and was taken down in the penalty area to set up a penalty kick. Farran measured the attempt successfully, giving CSUN an early lead it would not relinquish. For the year, Farran has two goals, one assist and five points.

Sonia's Story

Junior Sonia Espitia added another point to her already career-high five against Cal Poly, looping in a corner kick that Desiree Cardenas headed home for the second goal of the match. The assist was Espitia's second of the season, tying her for the team lead, and giving her a career-high six points on the year. She now has four career assists.

I got It at Ross

Senior Kelley Ross is tied for the team lead with her two assists. One of three seniors on the CSUN roster, Ross has started all 14 games for Northridge in 2009 and is a team captain. For her career, she has two goals and three assists for seven points. Ross has appeared in 71 matches and made 45 starts. She is on pace to play in 74 career matches, tying Nalena Betancourt for the second-most in school history.

Updating Matadors in Season Openers

The Matadors are now 8-6-1 in their 15 season-opening contests after the 3-0 loss to San Diego. The loss also dropped their all-time road opener record to a 7-7-1. With the 3-0 victory over LMU, CSUN now owns a 7-6-2 record all time in home openers.

MATADORS 5th IN PRESEASON POLL

A preseason survey of the Big West Conference women's soccer coaches predicted a fifth-place finish for the Matadors in 2009. In the poll, CSUN received 33 points, one more than sixth-place Cal State Fullerton. UC Santa Barbara received five first-place votes and 75 points to become the preseason favorite. Long Beach State was second with 67 points and Cal Poly was third with 65 points. As it turns out, the Matadors will host the top three teams during the 2009 season.