Oct. 10, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-5-1, 1-2-0 BWC) dropped their Big West Conference home opener to the UC Irvine Anteaters (8-4-0, 1-2-0 BWC) by a 3-0 final Saturday afternoon at Matador Field.
The Matadors threatened early on by totaling four shots in the first eight minutes of the contest including a shot on goal by Rafael Garcia but could not take the early advantage.
The Anteaters broke through minutes later on a goal by Irving Garcia in the tenth minute that put UC Irvine ahead 1-0.
Despite the goal, Northridge kept pace with UCI and went into the half down by a goal.
As the second half begun, the Matadors pressured the Anteaters and created several scoring opportunities in the opening minutes, as Cameron Sims and Rene Anguiano each had shots in front of the UCI `keeper but unfortunately neither shot attempt would reach the back of the net. Sims' shot attempt deflected off goalkeeper Victor Chinchilla and hit the post; the ball would ricochet out to Anguiano who looked to rebound with a quick strike but his shot went high of the net.
In the 64th minute, the Matadors again came close to evening the score as Sims had a breakaway scoring opportunity. Chinchilla nearly made a costly mistake has he left the net to attend to Sims on the left hand side and failed to stop the Matador forward's drive. Unfortunately, Sims could not deliver the tying goal, as his shot was wide of the net.
UCI would capitalize and score twice in the final ten minutes of the game in 82nd and 88th minute stretching their lead to 3-0 and the visitor's would hold on to preserve their first win in Big West play.
Northridge will continue their home stand next Saturday against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos with kickoff at 3:00 p.m. at Matador Field. Soccer fans can catch all the action via GameTracker on www.GoMatadors.com.