In the opening round of play, the Matadors pushed their season record to 3-0 with a 7-6 victory over 19th-ranked Santa Clara. Allison Brookes scored three goals to lead the Matador attack. Dayne Van Gorder scored twice.
The victory over Santa Clara earned the Matadors a winners bracket game later in the day against the sixth-ranked San Diego State Aztecs. The competition proved to be much tougher as the Aztecs handed the Matadors their first loss of the season, 11-6. Chelsea Curran paced the CSUN attack with three goals.
San Diego State marched to a 2-0 first period lead, only to have the Matadors storm back with four second period goals compared to two more goals for the Aztecs to make the score, 4-4, at halftime.
However, the Aztecs outscored CSUN 7-2 in the second half. Five of the Aztecs goals came in the third period.
Cal State Northridge will continue play on Sunday at 8 a.m. against UC Davis. The Aggies beat Redlands, 18-5, in their opening game, but later lost to UC Santa Barbara, 8-6. The CSUN-UCD winner will face the winner of the UC San Diego/Long Beach State game at 2:15 p.m. for fifth place in the tournament.
Cal State Northridge 7, Santa Clara 6
Allison Brookes - 3 goals (7:03 left in first quarter; 4:30 left in second quarter; 3:10 left in second quarter)
Dayne Van Gorder - 2 goals (2:32 left in first quarter; 7:01 left in second quarter)
Jillian Stapf - 1 goal (:01 left in third quarter)
Sydney Sonoda - 1 goal (3:40 left in second quarter)
San Diego State 11, Cal State Northridge 6
Chelsea Curran - 3 goals (6:47 left in second quarter; :38 left in second quarter; :39 left in third quarter)
Allison Brookes - 1 goal (5:17 left in second quarter)
Jessica Coy - 1 goal (2:59 left in second quarter)
Dayne Van Gorder -1 goal (1:37 left in third quarter)