Matadors Control Their Own Postseason Destiny
Nov. 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 5th at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m. (Titan Stadium)
Saturday, November 8th vs. UC Irvine, 2:30 p.m. (Matador Field)
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK
Wednesday, October 29th vs UC Santa Barbara, L, 3-1
Saturday, November 1st at UC Riverside, W, 3-1
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Fresh from their 3-1 come-from-behind victory at UC Riverside last Saturday, the Matadors (7-6-4, 3-2-3 BWC) will travel to Cal State Fullerton (4-13-1, 1-6-1 BWC) for their final road game of the season Wednesday evening.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Matador soccer fans who cannot make the trip to Titan Stadium Wednesday evening can still follow all the action online, in real-time. Visit gomatadors.com to access the link that will enable you to watch the streaming video of Wednesday's match, or follow the game via Gametracker.
With five teams fighting for only four available slots in the inaugural Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Soccer Tournament, a victory over the struggling Titans would help boost the Matador's chance of making the tournament.
Currently in fifth place, Northridge is only one point behind UC Irvine in the standings; these two teams will meet next Saturday at Matador Field in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Head Coach Terry Davila knows just how important this week is, and refuses to let anyone on his team worry about anything else other than their next opponent.
"The Irvine match will not even matter unless we perform well against Fullerton," stated Davila. "Fullerton is a tough opponent, who plays very well at home; we know we are in for a dogfight."
When these two teams last met, it took a spectacular offensive effort from forward Camilo Rojas who not only tied the game in the 82nd minute, but also scored the game-winning goal with only :24 seconds left in double-overtime.
The Matadors needed to erase a one-goal deficit on two separate occasions during that match before netting the winning goal, something junior defenseman Chad Borak remembers well.
"We are going to come out strong this time and play our type of game," echoed Borak. "It is tough to earn a win on the road, we know that we are going to have to dig deep to play well as a team, and score some goals."
With a win on Wednesday, Northridge will extend their winning streak to eight games over the Titans. Even though the Matadors have not lost a game at Titan Stadium since 1994, Borak and the rest of his teammates are aware that anything can happen.
"We need to just worry about this next game before anything else. We are just taking things one game at a time right now."
This Saturday's match against UC Irvine will be the final regular-season home match for three Matador seniors - defenders Bo Miller, Ben Cox, and goalkeeper Kevin Guppy. Even though kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., fans are encouraged to arrive early to secure their seats for Senior Day at Matador Field.