Perhaps one thing better than picking up your first win of the season is doing it against an undefeated opponent.
That’s what the CSUN women’s soccer team did Friday afternoon, as sophomore forward Adrienne Dickerson’s goal in the 68th minute broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Matadors to victory over the Baylor Bears at Matador Soccer Field.
“We got back to the basics,” head coach Keith West said. “We started taking care of the ball and started doing things we needed to do to win the game.”
Senior forward Kristy Krohn scored the first goal for the Matadors in the 20th minute. Krohn dribbled the ball across the top of the box and beat Baylor senior goalkeeper Ashley Noah to the lower left corner, giving CSUN the early advantage. Baylor tied the game nine minutes later, as sophomore midfielder Beckah Brady took the ball away from a CSUN defender and fired a quick shot that beat Matador sophomore goalkeeper Kellie Drenner to the upper left corner.
CSUN had several chances to grab the lead early in the second half. In the 50th minute, junior forward Carrie Faith Murphy crossed a pass to freshman forward Salma Tarik just outside the Bears’ box, but Tarik’s shot went wide and high. Dickerson had two chances to score prior to her game-winner, but a shot attempt in the 62nd minute went over the goal and a header off a pass from freshman midfielder Kimberly Culver went just wide.
Culver started the attack that put CSUN ahead when she crossed a pass into the Baylor box. The ball went to Tarik, who quickly touched the ball to Dickerson, who headed the ball past Baylor goalkeeper Noah and into the net for her first goal of the season.
“We needed to play better and score because we haven’t been scoring,” Tarik said. “But we’ve been playing well, though. It’s just good to have a good win and the team worked together.”
Drenner had five saves in the goal, as did Baylor’s goalkeeper Noah.
Friday’s game was the first match up between CSUN and Baylor. In fact, this was the first time the Matadors faced a team from the Big 12 Conference. CSUN outshot the Bears 13-10 and ended Baylor’s five-game unbeaten streak. With the win, CSUN improved to 1-3-1 and Baylor dropped to 4-1-1.