#17 Cal State Northridge Opens League Play with a 14-13 win over #15 UC Davis

April 2, 2011

Northridge, Ca. - In one of the more exciting games of the 2011 season, 17th-ranked Cal State Northridge held on to beat 15th-ranked UC Davis, 14-13, in the Big West Conference season opener for both schools on Saturday afternoon at Matador Pool.

The Matadors managed to enjoy three big leads in the game only to have UC Davis fight back to make it a game before a large crowd at CSUN's home pool.

Two goals by Jessica Goforth helped Cal State Northridge enjoy a 5-2 lead with 7:28 before intermission only to have the Aggies tie the game that 6-6 at halftime.

Whitney Delgado scored three goals to give the Matadors an 11-9 lead with 2:19 left in the third period.

Goals by Lindsy Nelson and Heidi Pettinger midway through the final period helped give CSUN what seemed to be a hefty 14-9 lead with 5:11 left on the clock.

However, back came UC Davis. The Aggies scored four straight goals including two by Kaylee Miller to trim the CSUN lead to only one goal, 14-13, with 49 seconds remaining.

UC Davis had the final shot of the game only to see the final attempt go wide of the net.

The victory raised CSUN's overall season record to 17-11 and 1-0 in the Big West Conference. UC Davis fell to 16-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Delgado, Goforth and Pettinger each scored three goals for Cal State Northridge while Melissa Doll and Nelson each added a pair of scores.

Delgado now has a league leading 64 goals. Carmen Eggert, who entered the game as UCD's leading scorer with 39 goals, scored five goals.

CSUN's Dana Harvey collected eleven saves.

Cal State Northridge hosts Pacific on Sunday (4/3/11) at Noon. The Matadors will also host Cal State San Bernardino in a non-league game at 3 p.m.

Matador Memo ...
Whitney Delgado now has 179 career goals to move past Chari Christopher (177 goals, 2003-05) into second place all-time at Cal State Northridge ... The school record holder is Allison Brookes (222, 2005-08).

#17 Cal State Northridge (17-11, 1-0 BWC) 2 4 6 2 = 14
#15 UC Davis (16-8. 0-1 BWC) 4 2 3 4 = 13
CSUN Scorers: Whitney Delgado 3, Jessica Goforth 3, Heidi Pettinger 3, Melissa Doll 2, Lindsy Nelson 2, Leah Janke 1
UCD Scorers: Carmen Eggert 5, Alicia Began 2, Ariel Feeney 2, Kaylee Miller 2, Jessica Dunn 1, Carey Faber 1
Goalie Saves: Dana Harvey (CSUN) 11; Riane Woods (UCD) 11

1st Period Scoring
6:54 (0-1) - Carmen Eggert (UCD)
5:46 (1-1) - Melissa Doll (CSUN)
3:54 (2-1) - Jessica Goforth (CSUN)
2:55 (3-1) - Leah Janke (CSUN)
2:14 (3-2) - Carey Faber (UCD)
0:19 (4-2) - Heidi Pettinger (CSUN)

2nd Period Scoring
7:28 (5-2) - Jessica Goforth (CSUN)
6:12 (5-3) - Jessica Dunn (UCD)
5:44 (5-4) - Alicia Began (UCD)
4:05 (6-4) - Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
3:53 (6-5) - Carmen Eggert (UCD)
0:28 (6-6) - Ariel Feeney (UCD)

3rd Period Scoring
5:52 (7-6) - Whitney Delgado (CSUN)
5:34 (7-7) - Carmen Eggert (UCD)
5:04 (8-7) - Jessica Goforth (CSUN)
4:19 (9-7) - Heidi Pettinger (CSUN)
4:09 (10-7) - Whitney Delgado (CSUN)
2:59 (10-8) - Ariel Feeney (UCD)
2:33 (11-8) - Whitney Delgado (CSUN)
2:19 (11-9) - Carmen Eggert (UCD)
2:50 (12-9) - Melissa Doll (CSUN)

4th Period Scoring
6:54 (13-9) - Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
5:11 (14-9) - Heidi Pettinger (CSUN)
4:38 (14-10) - Kaylee Miller (UCD)
3:23 (14-11) - Alicia Began (UCD)
1:30 (14-12) - Kaylee Miller (UCD)
0:49 (14-13) - Carmen Eggert (UCD)