Nov. 2, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in its regular season finale. Sophomore Michelle Moore, freshman Nancy Avesyan and senior Kristal Phillips all scored for the Matadors as the team honored its four graduating seniors at Matador Soccer Field.
Moore got CSUN on the board first, netting her first career goal in the 36th minute of action. She chased a long ball from junior Sydney Vermillion, meeting it at the same time as Fullerton keeper Shannon Simpson. Moore gained possession and buried it in the back of the net. The assist was Vermillion's first of the season.
Avesyan registered the game-winning goal directly off the second half kickoff. Senior Tryna Tafoya crossed a ball that sophomore Sonia Espitia kept the ball in bounds and found Avesyan's feet. The goal was Aveysan's team-leading fifth of the season and Espitia picked up her second assist of the year.
For Tafoya, the assist moved her to three for the season and 12 in her career, tying Phillips for the second-most in school history. The point also gave her 28 career points, the eighth-most in school history.
Phillips completed the Matadors' scoring with a goal in the 52nd minute. She took a pass from Avesyan and beat Simpson from six yards out for her third goal of the season. She ends her Northridge career with nine goals, tied for the eighth-most in school history, and 30 career points, tying Susie Mischenko for sixth in school history.
Fullerton got one back in the 84th minute, as Jenae Gibbens' throw-in eventually found Claudia Munoz in front of the net.
For Northridge, sophomore Leah Elliott finished with saves in the match, moving her season total to 113, the second-most in school history for a single season. She played over 1,788 minutes in net for the Matadors in 2008, also the second-most in school history for a single campaign. Elliott concludes the year with a 8-9-2 record and a 1.31 goals-against-average and an .813 save percentage.
In addition to Phillips and Tafoya, the Matadors also said goodbye to seniors Nalena Betancourt and Tinamarie Lutizetti. Betancourt appeared in her 74th career match Sunday, all of which were starts, finishing with the second-most appearances in school history. Lutizetti finished her career with 57 career appearances and scored her first two career goals in 2008.
CSUN was 8-9-2 overall, 3-4-1 in the Big West Conference and carried a 6-1-1 record at Matador Soccer Field. Avesyan was the team leader with 14 points, courtesy of five goals and four assists. Moore's goal meant that 11 different Matadors recorded goals during the campaign and 14 different Northridge players finished with at least one point this season.