Women’s soccer drops home opener

    CSUN goalie kicks the ball back out onto the field
    Goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill kicks the ball to her fellow Matadors while playing against North Dakota State Photo credit: Kendall Faulkner/The Sundial

    The CSUN women’s soccer team loses 1-0 in its first home game of the season against the North Dakota State Bisons.

    The game began with great defense from the Matadors. They pushed the tempo with every chance they got in hopes of scoring a goal early. North Dakota State was also pushing to the offensive, having a chance at a couple goal opportunities.

    _DSC1473The Matadors continued pressuring the Bisons and made good cross-over moves close to the net, but just could not get the first goal on the board.

    The game was tied at the half, 0-0 with both teams engaged in a display of pushing and shoving

    The Matadors would start the second half with a few close shots to the goal as senior midfielder Breanna McCallum would strike a shot right at the post.

    “It’s frustrating we didn’t get the result we wanted,” McCallum said. “I think if it would have gone a little lower, I would have had it.”

    _DSC1449The Bisons however scored the first goal of the game at the 31 minute making the score 1-0.

    CSUN junior goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill said this was not the best overall performance her team had.

    “Defensively we did okay, the shots were just not landing for us,” McCaskill said.

    CSUN Head Coach Keith West believed the team started following the strategy in the second half, but it was too late.

    “In the first half we didn’t follow the game plan and in the second half we started to follow it,” West said. “We just didn’t have enough quality on the day to make it happen.”

    The Matadors next game is Aug. 28 at home against South Dakota. Kickoff is 11 a.m._DSC1458