NORTHRIDGE – CSUN Women’s Soccer (6-7-1, 2-4-0 BWC) dropped a heartbreaker to UC Davis in overtime by the final of 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Matador Soccer Field. Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Delgado collected five saves in nearly 91 minutes of action. On Senior Day, six of eight members of the CSUN senior class made their final start at Matador Soccer Field.
“You win some, you lose some,” said head coach Keith West. “I’m so proud of these young ladies. [Our seniors] have taken our program to somewhere we haven’t been before. I’m more proud of who they are, what they are than what they’ve done for us. I’m proud to be their coach.”
Much like the previous three meetings where the Matadors and Aggies have played to scoreless draws, Sunday’s match would be another defensive struggle. Emma Hasco took the game’s first shot in the 10th minute but neither side would take another shot until an Amy Aquino shot in the 28th minute. On the play, Bret Guarino found Aquino on the break with a pass over the top. Aquino took a pair of dribbles and fired on the goal from the top of the box but goalkeeper Alexis Smith made a clean save. The Aggies out-shot the Matadors 7-2 in the first half as Delgado collected three saves to keep the match scoreless.
After intermission, Delgado continued to play strong in net. After a CSUN turnover, Janae Gonzalez dribbled the ball to the right corner box where she took a shot. Going to her left, Delgado dove and punched the ball out of frame. The Matadors would go on the attack in the early moments of the second half, leading to a pair of corner kicks and an offside call. In the 70th minute, Marissa Favela took a corner kick from the left and found Lindsay Kutscher in the box. Kutscher was able to get her head on the ball but the shot went wide right.
The Aggies earned a pair of late corner kicks including a shot from Laura Nichol in the final minute, however the match would go into overtime still deadlocked at 0-0.
In extra time, a yellow card was issued to Delgado just 36 seconds into the period. On the free kick, the Aggies played the ball on the right side. Mahlah Catline found room and took a shot from inside the 18-yard line, looking for the right post. Delgado covered ground and put herself in possession to save the ball with two hands. However, after Delgado momentarily stopped the shot, the ball slipped through her hands and into the net, giving the Aggies the 1-0 win.
UC Davis out-shot CSUN 12-5 in the match including 6-1 in shots on goal. The Matadors collected five corner kicks to the Aggies’ three while the trio of Gabriella Hinojosa, Amanda Martin and Delgado saw yellow cards.
CSUN concludes the regular season next week with a pair of road contests. Sitting on six points and in eighth place in the Big West standings, the Matadors need a pair of victories to stay alive in the Big West postseason picture as the top four teams will advance to the conference tournament. The Matadors visit UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. before taking on Long Beach State on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m.