NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
In recognition of both the Cal State Northridge men's and women's soccer programs and the success each had on the field last season, Associated Students of CSUN recently congratulated both teams during its meeting in May. Associated Students commended each program for winning the Big West Conference Championship, making the NCAA Tournament and earning multiple individual awards along the way.
The women's soccer program, managed by head coach Keith West, finished the season with a record of 11-5-6 and a 6-1-2 mark in the Big West Conference. The Matadors won the Big West Tournament Championship with a dramatic overtime goal by Melissa Fernandez that sent the team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament. In addition to winning the league title, the Matadors featured the Big West Goalkeeper of the Year (Cynthia Jacobo) and the conference's Defensive Player of the Year (Chloe McDaniel).
The men's team went 15-7 overall and 7-3 in the Big West to capture its first regular-season championship since 2005. The Matadors then stormed through the conference tournament and did not allow a goal en route to their first-ever Big West Tournament Championship. Like the women's side, the men also had the league's Goalkeeper (Michael Abalos) and Defensive Player of the Year (Joe Franco). In addition, CSUN head coach Terry Davila was named the conference's Coach of the Year and earned the same honor from the NSCAA Far West Region.
With its success on the pitch, Cal State Northridge became the first Big West school to win the Big West Soccer Tournament on both the men's and women's sides and is also the first school to sweep the four individual defensive accolades awarded by the conference.
The resolutions passed by Associated Students in relation to CSUN soccer can be reviewed below.