October 27, 2009

Senior Day Festivities Center Around Match With Long Beach State

Oct. 27, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Closes Out 2009 Regular Season with Match-Up against 49ers

With a spot in the Big West Tournament assured, The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (9-9, 5-2 BWC) closes out its 2009 regular season with a home contest against Long Beach State on Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. The match will represent the final regular season appearances for CSUN's three seniors: Sydney Vermillion, Kelley Ross and Niki Connolly.

The Matadors clinched their first Big West Tournament appearance with a 1-0 victory over UC Irvine. Sophomore Heidi Farran scored her third goal of the season in the 51st minute, blasting a one-time cross from junior Jasmine Pratt. Junior Farryn Townley also picked up an assist on the play and the Matadors recorded their fourth-straight shutout in league play.

In net, freshman Cynthia Jacobo has yet to allow a goal in her 414:17 of action, helping to set a new school record. Since removing her redshirt prior to the UC Davis contest on Oct. 11, Jacobo has made 17 saves while sporting a 1.000 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against-average.

Sunday brings Long Beach State to Matador Soccer Field. The 49ers, an NCAA Tournament team one year ago, is mathematically eliminated from the Big West Tournament and enters the week with a 5-9-3 overall record and a 1-4-1 mark in conference play. LBSU also plays UC Irvine, another Big West Tournament hopeful, earlier in the week.

On offense, Shawna Gordon leads the team with five goals, five assists and 15 points. Lindsay Bullock has added four goals and Nicole Hubbard has scored three during the 2009 season. In net, Emily Kingsborough and Nicoline Jorgensen have split time, with Kingsborough sporting a 1.33 GAA and .725 save percentage and Jorgensen owning a 1.53 GAA and .756 save percentage.

In the all-time series between the schools, LBSU owns a 6-4-1 advantage, having taken the last three meetings. Last year, at LBSU's senior day, the 49ers posted a 5-0 victory. CSUN's last win against Long Beach State was a 1-0 victory at Matador Soccer Field on Oct. 2, 2005.

CSUN's Senior Sendoff

The match against Long Beach State will be the final regular season home game for the program's three seniors: Kelley Ross, Sydney Vermillion and Niki Connolly. As a class, the three have combined for three goals and five assists in the 2009 season. Both Ross and Vermillion have also played their way into the Northridge record books, as they enter the contest with 72 and 74 career appearances, respectively, good for the fourth and second-most in school history.

Things Will Be Great When You're DownTown-ley

Junior Farryn Townley added her first assist of the season to her eight goals, picking up a helper on Heidi Farran's game-winning strike against UC Irvine. 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. Also, her 17 points in 2009 is the fifth-most in school history for a single-season.

Jacobo & Myers

Freshman Cynthia Jacobo recorded her fourth-straight shutout over a league opponent in the 1-0 victory over UC Irvine. Since removing her redshirt against UC Davis on Oct. 11, Jacobo has played 414:17 of perfect goalkeeping, setting a new school record in the process. Against the Anteaters she had two saves to raise her season total to 17. She also played the first half and recorded four saves in the 1-0 loss to UC Davis.

We Interrupt This Jets-Raiders Game

Sophomore Heidi Farran scored her first game-winning goal of the 2009 campaign and her career in the 51st minute in the 1-0 victory over UC Irvine. In her second full season with the Matadors, Farran is tied for second with her three goals and seven points. She has scored twice against Big West Conference opponents, including a penalty kick agaisnt Cal Poly. She is third on the team with 22 shots for the year.

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 tied for second on the team with her three goals and seven points. She is also second on the team with 26 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 18 matches thus far in 2009 and has played in 74 matches for her career, the second-most in school history. She is on pace to pass Rachel Gillis (2003-07) for the most career appearances in school history since the Matadors have qualified for their first Big West Tournament since 2004.

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 17 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 third-most on the team.

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 17 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 72 matches and made 46 starts.

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.

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