Oct. 11, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior forward Farryn Townley scored with just 43 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lead Cal State Northridge to a 1-0 victory over UC Davis in Big West Conference women's soccer action at Aggie Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies fall to 6-5-1 for the year and 1-2 in league matches. The Matadors improve to 6-8 overall and even their Big West ledger at 2-2.
Townley's golden goal completed a flurry of Northridge opportunities down the stretch of the extra period. In the 97th minute, midfielder Sonia Espitia fired a shot at the UC Davis net only to have Aggie goalkeeper Sarah Peters stuff the attempt at point-blank range. Peters was shaken on the play, but remained in the game.
Just over than a minute later, Espitia centered a pass to a wide-open Townley, but the Matador junior sailed her shot high over the cross bar. Finally in the 100th minute, CSUN found itself in transition, advancing the ball along the left flank. Fernandez sent a cross pass into the penalty box at the feet of Townley, who promptly delivered her shot in the upper left corner of the net for the win.
The two teams combined for eight shot attempts in the nine-plus minutes of overtime, after totalling 25 shots in regulation. Aggie senior Marisa Boge nearly ended play in the 95th minute as her shot toward the left post was stopped by the Matador keeper.
Cal State Northridge held an 18-15 advantage in shots for the game, and took all four corner kicks, including two in the final two minutes of regulation. The contest was marked by numerous transition opportunities for both teams. Boge sent an accurate pass up to Rochelle VanBuskirk in the 67th minute, then had chances in the 80th and 86th, but none resulted in a goal.
UC Davis continues Big West Conference play at Cal Poly on October 15.