Pacific defender Hannah Terry scored in the 85th minute from 50 yards which spoiled the Matadors’ home opener with a 1-1 tie.
“We just had some immaturity today with some of our young players that just didn’t play well today,” coach Keith West said. “We lost nine seniors last year and playing back to back games isn’t easy at this level Friday to Sunday.”
The goal from Terry overshadowed the early start the Matadors got on, in part to Sylvia Trinh and Marissa Favela. Trinh took a corner kick and crossed a well-placed ball with Favela adding the finish, giving Northridge the 1-0 lead in the third minute.
“It was a great service, great finish and those are the types of plays that you train for,” West said. “That’s what practice is for. To set those plays up and we did exactly how we practiced.”
The Matadors missed several opportunities in the second half including the penalty kick taken by Cynthia Sanchez in the 62nd minute. Sanchez’s shot went far post and was denied by Regan Heslop.
“We just need to get out rhythm,” Trinh said. “We weren’t able to get that. We just need to keep our heads up and get ready for the next game.”
After the 90 minutes of regulation, CSUN registered three shots on goal in the two 10 minute extra periods, but couldn’t find a way to get a shot past Heskop who didn’t start, but played the entire second half and extra time.
“We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities,” West said. “You can’t tie a great team like Long Beach State at Long Beach State and you’re supposed to win at home. You don’t lose at home or get goals scored on you which didn’t didn’t happen last year. That’s why we won a lot of games last year.”
Big West goalkeeper of the year, Jovani McCaskill, said she had a lapse of judgement after the 1-1 result and wants the team to move forward to Thursday night’s home matchup against Houston.
“I feel I haven’t been playing to the level I know I can play at and I need to be at my best. If I’m at my best then the team is at their best,” McCaskill said. “Now we need to come out with more focus against Houston. They may play different teams but they haven’t faced us. We just need to play one play at a time, one minute at a time, one goal at a time and we will take it to them.
CSUN will continue home games Thursday night against Houston at 7 p.m.