Oct. 21, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Melissa Fernandez scored in the 24th minute for Cal State Northridge and the Matadors made it stand up the remainder of the match, posting a 1-0 win over visiting UC Davis in a Big West Conference women's soccer matchup on Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies, who had a difficult roadtrip this weekend, playing at Hawai'i on Friday and Cal State Northridge on Sunday, are 7-8-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big West. The Matadors won their fourth in a row, improving to 8-4-5 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference.
Hannah Hicks had the first shot for the Aggies on Sunday but Cal State Northridge applied early pressure to take the next six, three of them saved by Jern. One of those saves came against Fernandez in the eighth minute when Jern dove left to catch the last of three quick shots by the Matadors.
Fernandez, however, was able to score in the 22nd minute, collecting a give-and-go pass from Marissa Miller on the right side of the box before finding the back of the net. Haley Hughes had a header in the 36th minute that was saved by Matadors goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo, helping Cal State Northridge take the 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Aggies had several strong opportunities to score in the second half. Kelly headed in a cross from Ana Marija Solo that was saved in the 49th minute, Lexi Poppoff's rising shot in the 57th was just high and Hicks' volley off a cross from the left corner was also a bit too high in the 80th minute.
"It's a long weekend for us. Our focus, energy and productivity, particularly in the second half, were excellent," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "I'm proud of the work rate and mentality we brought to the game. Mary Beth Mazurek and Hannah Hicks led us with their work rate, and Taylor Jern had great poise and was excellent in net.
"This team has shown such resiliency," she added. "What a show of character. I'm so proud of this group."
UC Davis will conclude its season next weekend, hosting Cal State Fullerton on Sunday and UC Riverside on Sunday. Both games begin at 2 p.m.