Matadors play Anteaters to scoreless tie, decreasing postseason chances

Brandon Der Avanessian

In the midst of a late season playoff-push, the Cal State Northridge women’s soccer team played to a scoreless tie against conference opponent UC Irvine at Matador Soccer Field last Sunday.

Both teams had their chances throughout the game, but the Matadors controlled the ball for the better part of the match. Senior forward Kristy Krohn took a game-high nine shots, two of which were on goal and were great opportunities. She hit the post on one shot, while her other shot, a breakaway late in the game, was blocked away by Irvines’s goalkeeper Danielle de Seriere.

“We were able to control the ball very well. It was one of our better games,” Krohn said. “We just weren’t able to execute the way we wanted. The results (were) disappointing.”

The Matadors took 23 shots, with eight of those on goal. Irvine was held to 11 shots, with just three of those on goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Ivette Esqueda came up with three saves during the game, while de Seriere made eight saves. Both goalies played the entire 110 minutes.

With just two conference games remaining on the schedule for the Matadors’ 2007 season, the tie pushed Northridge closer to elimination heading into the last weekend of the season.

“We’re just trying to keep ourselves alive,” Esqueda said. “It will just make us work harder. We’ve just got to take care of our last two games and hope for the best.”

The Matadors will close out their 2007 season this weekend, with matches against UC Santa Barbara on Friday and Cal Poly on Sunday. Both matches will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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