Oct. 24, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Cameron Sims' header from eight yards out put the Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-6-2, 2-3-1 BWC) on the scoreboard in the 74th minute, CSUN ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 score Saturday afternoon in a road game against the Cal Poly Mustangs.
A free kick taken from the right side of the penalty box by Sunghyun Kim set up the scoring opportunity as his pass was re-directed into the net off the head of Sims from eight yards out.
The goal was Sims' fifth of the season, Kim earned his fifth assist of the season on the play; both players lead the team in each respective category.
At halftime, both teams entered the locker room with similar stats in the number of shots taken (4-3 Cal Poly advantage), saves made (2-1 Northridge advantage) and goals scored, numbers that looked to remain similar to one another as each team took to the pitch in the second half and continued playing at a level similar to that in the first half.
It was not until the 68th minute of the game when Mustang David Zamora scored his first of three goals on the day to give his team the lead, and was the first of four goals scored within a six-minute time-span by both squads.
Even though they initially fell behind in Saturday's game, the Matadors continued to apply the pressure on both the Mustang back-line and goalkeeper as CSUN took twice as many shots as their opponents in the second half (12-6), fired twice as many shots on goal (4-2), and were the only team to take a corner kick in the final 45 minutes of the game.
The game against Cal Poly not only kicked-off the second half of conference play for the Matadors, but also served as the first game of a short two-game road trip as Northridge travels to UC Santa Barbara for their next game Wednesday evening.