Overcoming what has eluded them since September of 2013, CSUN women’s soccer (4-7-1, 1-0 Big West) took a big road win at Santa Barbara (6-4-2, 0-1 Big West), Friday, in their Big West Conference debut.
With apropos timing, the Matadors secured their first Big West win coming off a 10 game losing streak on the road
It would take the veteran touch of senior’s Brittanie Sakajian and Leandra Walker to snatch up the contest’s only goal in the 61st minute. Sophmore Jovani McCaskill earned four saves in goal to secure the Matador’s shutout.
The first half saw little action with each squad seeing only one shot on goal and two corner kick opportunities.
Shortly after the hour mark CSUN seized its opportunity with Walker putting up a left cross for Sakajian to put on net, finding that finish they’ve been looking for all season.
This is Sakajian’s first goal for the the season and the ninth overall to put her at a 26 career points, only two points away from tying for tenth place in school history.
It was also Walker’s first assist for the season, sixth in career, making her the Matador’s leader in points at five.
The Gaucho’s had their opportunities in the second half with five corner kicks, but CSUN defense stole the spotlight with McCaskill earning all four saves in the same half. This now puts her at 16 saves for the year.
Now with one Big West win under their belt, the Matadors seek out another for the weekend in their match against Cal Poly starting tomorrow at noon.