Women's Soccer: Tigers Tripped Up at Cal State Northridge, 1-0
A first-half goal from Desiree Cardenas was enough to hold up as Cal State Northridge topped the Pacific women's soccer team 1-0 Sunday at Matador Soccer Field. Despite holding Northridge to just two shots on goal, the Tigers fall to 0-2 in Big West play.
Pacific was victimized by a set piece in the 16th minute as Katie Russ stood over a free kick from 15 yards out and placed a ball into the box. Cardenas headed it home for an early 1-0 lead, and the Matadors defense, behind goal keeper Cynthia Jacobo, made the lead stand.
The Tigers fall to 3-6-3 overall, 0-2-0 in Big West play, while Cal State Northridge improves to 7-5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big West.
"The frustrating part is that we're playing well enough to win," head coach Keith Coleman said. "We had plenty of opportunities. Again. Quality opportunities...balls in the box. We have to finish. Defensively, we're playing well enough to win. We have been all season long. It's disappointing. If our goal is to make the Big West Tournament and win the Big West Tournament, then we have to start scoring goals. Every game is going to be close."
The shots for the match were tied 14-14, with each team tallying two shots on goal. Pacific held a 9-2 margin in corner kicks, while committing one more foul than the Matadors (9-8).
But once again, the Tigers played with (or better than) their opponent all match long only to find themselves on the losing end of a low-scoring game. Pacific has given up one goal or less in nine of 12 matches. Outside of a 4-0 loss to No. 2 Stanford, the Tigers have given up nine goals in 11 matches, good for a 0.76 goals against average. But the Tigers offense has tallied just six goals all season as Pacific has yet to score multiple goals in a match.
Junior Laura Hogan's shot just 18 seconds into the match was stopped by Jacobo, and Jacobo denied junior Kristina Wavomba's header in the 25th minute.
The Tigers chances were limited to shots off target after that, as Pacific held a 7-4 edge in shots at halftime.
The Matadors opened the second half with a flurry of shots on redshirt senior Jill Medigovich, who denied Melissa Fernandez in the 65th minute to keep the game 1-0.
Despite a last-minute charge, the Northridge defense held on, aided by three blocked shots on the day including an attempt by freshman defender Brittni Beeman in the 89th minute.
The Tigers had one last chance following an infraction by the Matadors, but a shot from sophomore Kortney Agdeppa sailed wide with four seconds remaining.
Pacific is back in action on Sunday, October 10, with a noon kickoff against Cal State Fullerton at Stagg Memorial Stadium.