Feb. 25, 2011
Northridge, Calif. - Nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge takes a major step in competition this weekend when the 13th-ranked Matadors compete in the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational.
Fifteen of the 16 teams are nationally-ranked. That includes #1 Stanford, #2 USC, #3 UCLA, #4 California, #5 Hawaii, #6 Loyola Marymount, #7 San Diego State, #9 Arizona State, #10 UC Irvine, #11 San Jose State, #12 Long Beach State, #13 Cal State Northridge, #15 UC Santa Barbara, #17 UC Davis and #18 UC San Diego. The only unranked team in the tournament is Bucknell.
Cal State Northridge, 8-5, begins play on Saturday (Feb. 26) against fifth-ranked Hawaii at 12:45 p.m. If the Matadors win, they will play the winners of fourth-ranked California or #15 UC Santa Barbara at 4:30 p.m. If CSUN loses against Hawaii, the Matadors will play the losers of the California-UCSB game at 5:45 p.m.
Tournament pairings will be determined at the end of Saturday's play. The Matadors are guaranteed two games on Sunday at the UCI Pool. For complete information on the two-day UC Irvine Invitational, go to www.ucirvinesports.com
Cal State Northridge dominates the Big West scoring leaders. Whitney Delgado and Sydney Sonoda are 1-2 in the conference in scoring with 32 and 24 goals, respectively. Heidi Pettinger is fourth in scoring with 21 goals while freshman Lindsy Nelson is seventh with 17 goals.
Dana Harvey and Nicole Concialdi are ranked second and third, respectively, in saves per game. Harvey, a transfer from Arizona State, is averaging eleven saves per game. Concialdi, a senior, is averaging 10.38 saves per game. The conference leader is UCSB's Ruth Milne at 12.10 saves per game.
Delgado continues to inch closer to the school record in career goals although she is only a junior. Delgado, in two-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge, has 147 goals, fourth-best in school history. Only Allison Brookes (222 goals, 2005-08), Chari Christopher (177 goals, 2003-05) and Jessica Coy (162 goals, 2006-09) are ahead of Delgado.
Sonoda has 114 career goals, sixth-best in school history.