October 26, 2010

Matadors Host Titans in Big West Finale, Redhawks for Senior Day on Halloween

Oct. 26, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Thursday's Match against Fullerton Key to CSUN's Playoff Aspirations

The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (10-8, 4-3 Big West) hosts its final two matches of the 2010 regular season this week, facing Cal State Fullerton in the Big West finale before squaring off against Seattle University on Senior Day. Last week, CSUN defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1, before falling at Long Beach by the same result.

The loss to the 49ers left CSUN with 12 points in the league standings with just the contest against the Titans remaining. LBSU leapfrogged CSUN in the standings with the win, moving to 13 points, and travels to Pacific and UC Davis to conclude their regular season. Pacific also has 12 points with two matches remaining (Long Beach State, UC Riverside), though the Matadors own the tiebreaker thanks to their 1-0 victory over the Tigers on Oct. 3.

Stephanie Galarze enjoyed a three-point performance in the Matadors' win at Cal State Bakersfield. The sophomore picked up her second assist of the season on a goal by Desiree Cardenas in the 17th minute, and then recorded her first career goal in the 83rd minute to lift Northridge to the road victory. Three days later, Heidi Farran scored her first goal of the season in the loss at Long Beach State with Sonia Espitia earning her career-high and team-leading third assist of the season on the play.

Cal State Fullerton enters Thursday's contest with a 6-11 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the Big West Conference. The Titans split their matches last weekend, defeating Cal Poly before falling to UC Santa Barbara. Christina Murillo leads the team with seven goals and 15 points. Casey Volk has four goals, three assists and 11 points on the year. Lindsey Maricic has played the majority of minutes in net for the Titans recently, leading them to the shutout over the Mustangs with seven saves in her collegiate debut.

Seattle is 9-5-2 on the year and 0-1-2 in its last three matches, including a 1-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara. The Redhawks play Friday night at Cal State Bakersfield before heading to Northridge for the Halloween tilt. Emma Levy leads the team with six goals, three assists and 15 points. Madison Goverde has played all the minutes in net, posting a 1.01 goals-against-average, 52 saves and a .754 save percentage.

Doing Things the Galarze Way

Sophomore Stephanie Galarze had a goal and assist in the Matadors' 2-1 victory at Cal State Bakersfield. She broke a 1-1 tie in the 83rd minute of action, cleaning up her own rebound for her first career goal. For the season, Galarze has a goal, two assists and four points. She also has 11 shots for the season and is the seventh different Matador to record a game-winning goal in the 2010 season. Her first career point came on an assist in the Matadors' 2-0 victory at Cal Poly.

Sonia's Story

Senior Sonia Espitia earned her third assist of the season in the Matadors' 2-1 loss at Long Beach State. The three helpers represent a new career high for a single season for Espitia and also lead the team in 2010. Espitia recorded her second career three-point game and game-winning goal in the Matadors' 2-0 win at Cal Poly. For the season, Espitia has two goals, three assists and seven points. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors for her play in 2009, which included two goals and two assists. For her career, Espitia has four goals, seven assists and 15 points.

Cardenas Transfers Talent to CSUN

Senior Desiree Cardenas scored her fourth goal of the season in the Matadors' win at Cal State Bakersfield, burying a feed from Stephanie Galarze in the 17th minute. That total puts her second on the team in 2010 and her eight points places 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 six goals, two assists and 14 points.

We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game...

Junior Heidi Farran scored her first goal of the season in the Matadors' 2-1 loss at CS Long Beach. She collected a cross from Sonia Espitia and buried it past the 49ers goalkeeper in the 24th minute. She has 12 shots for the year, putting eight on goal. In 2009, Farran earned All-Big West Honorable Mention after finishing with four goals and an assist.

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 now sixth in school history with 102 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 earned her 10th win of the season in the Matadors' victory at Cal State Bakersfield, the fourth-most in school history for a single season and one shy of tying April Cline and Karen Comstock for second in school history. Her 78 saves for the season ranks ninth in school history for a single year and her 102 career stops is sixth in school history. For the season, Jacobo is 10-8 with a 1.11 goals-against-average and an .796 save percentage. In 2009, she earned Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West Second Team honors. Her 1,618 minutes in net already ranks sixth in school history for a single season.

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.

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 all but one game in 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.

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.