Tenth-Ranked Cal State Northridge Falls At #16 Pacific, 8-7

April 17, 2010

Stockton, Calif. - A tough 8-7 loss in "sudden victory" overtime at Pacific on Saturday morning has further ramifications other than CSUN's overall season record falling to 26-7 and their national ranking of tenth in jeopardy.

The loss at Pacific in the Big West Conference game ends the league campaign for Cal State Northridge at 4-1. The Matadors are still in first place, at the moment, with a one-half game over Pacific which stands at 3-1. Pacific hosts its final home game of the season on Sunday (noon) against 12th-ranked UC Santa Barbara. A Pacific victory over the Gauchos would give UOP a 4-1 league record and a share of the Big West regular season championship with Cal State Northridge.

However, more importantly, Pacific would get the #1 seed at the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament (April 23-25) at Long Beach State. Both teams (CSUN and UOP) would be tied for the regular season title, but the Tigers would get the tournament #1 seed because of Saturday's victory over the Matadors, 8-7.

Another scenario involves UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos are 3-1 following their 10-6 victory at UC Davis on Saturday afternoon. The Gauchos travel to Pacific on Sunday (4/18/10, Noon). If UCSB beats Pacific, that would give the Gauchos a 4-1 record, move Pacific out of first place and give the top seed in the BWC Tournament to Cal State Northridge since the Matadors hold a 7-6 victory over UCSB in a league game last week.

Sound confusing. Not really. At the moment, Cal State Northridge is still in first place by themselves with a 4-1 record with Pacific and UC Santa Barbara at 3-1.

Following Friday night's highly dramatic 8-7 "sudden victory" at UC Davis (4/17/10), the Matadors had to drive to Stockton to face Pacific in an 11:00 a.m. Big West game on Saturday. Again, the CSUN/UOP game featured another "sudden victory" affair that featured six lead changes and four tied scores.

In the end, Pacific scored 2:39 into the "sudden victory" session on a goal by UOP's Bridget Geck to earn the 8-7 victory over Cal State Northridge. Pacific now is 21-9 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Pacific jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first period. Cal State Northridge bounced back with three second-period goals, but the Tigers added two more of their own to take a 4-3 halftime lead.

CSUN's defense took charge in the third period holding UOP scoreless while CSUN's Whitney Delgado scored the lone goal of the quarter for either team to tie the affair at 4-4 after three periods.

Each team scored twice in the final frame to send the game into overtime at 6-6. Kristin McLaughlin and Sydney Sonoda each scored a goal in the fourth period for Cal State Northridge.

Pacific took the lead in the first overtime at 2:16 on a goal by Jasmine Myles.

However, in the second overtime, Sonoda tied the game with 1:24 remaining at 7-7.

But in the end, Bridget Geck's "sudden victory" goal ended the game with the Tigers in front, 8-7.

Sydney Sonoda and Kristin McLaughlin each scored two goals to lead the Matador attack.

UOP freshman Jasmine Myles, who led the Big West Conference in scoring with 72 coming into Saturday's game, added four goals in the win over CSUN to give her 76 goals for the season. CSUN's Whitney Delgado, who was second in the league in goals with 71 entering Saturday's game against UOP, now has 72 for the year following her third period goal against UOP.

Tiger goalkeeper Brooke Millar had entered the CSUN/UOP game ranked second in the league in saves (10.61 spg) just ahead of CSUN's Jillian Stapf at 9.80 spg. Millar ended up with 12 saves against CSUN. Stapf collected 15 saves.

Cal State Northridge continues its road trip with a Sunday game (4/18/10, Noon) at Santa Clara (15-13).

Cal State Northridge (26-7 overall, 4-1 BWC) 0-3-1-2-0-1-0=7
Pacific (21-9 overall, 3-1 BWC) 2-2-0-2-1-0-1-8
CSUN Scorers: Kristin McLaughlin 2, Sydney Sonoda 2, Whitney Delgado 1, Alison Pierce 1, Renee Gargiulo 1
UOP Scorers: Jasmine Myles 4, Bridget Geck 3, Dara Tawarahara 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 15; Brooke Millar (UOP) 12