Women’s soccer outlasts Aztecs

Special to the Daily Sundial

The CSUN Matador women’s soccer team remains in top form as they came from behind to defeat the San Diego State Aztecs 2-1 in the sixth minute of overtime at the SDSU Sports Complex on Sept. 19.

In minute 20, the Aztecs were first to score, when freshman forward Erika Sutton sent a pass from the right side of the field to Jen Mello who guided the ball into the right-corner of the net, scoring her first goal of the season. Sutton recorded her fourth assist of the year solidifying an early 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Aztec’s had a chance to make it 2-0 early in the second half, but a shot attempt by sophomore forward Casey Davidson was deflected before it crossed the goal line. In minute 62, the Matadors also had a chance to get on the board, but the attempt by senior Alicia Coenen banged off the outside of the right post.

Seconds later, senior Brianna Monka’s attempt missed wide left. In minute 73, Monka found Kristy Krohn at the top of the box, but San Diego State goalkeeper Christi Yount saved the attempt.

Finally in the minute 79, CSUN’s offense came alive, leveling the game as sophomore Tryna Tafoya sent a cross-pass from the right side to Suzie Mischenko, Mischenko fired the ball past the left post to tie the game at 1-1.

The game headed into overtime and in the sixth minute, Monka launched a pass from the center of the field to Devon Nizich who was at the right side of the field. Nizich then beat Yount to the ball, sending it into the left side of the net from 16 yards out, winning the game 2-1. It was the Matadors fifth straight win. With the victory, CSUN is now 6-1 on the season.

CSUN is a member of the Big West Conference, which has a total of eight teams participating. Of them, seven have records with less than three losses.

CSUN’s win over San Diego State was the start of a three game road trip for the Matadors. CSUN next heads to Sacramento for a showdown against former Big Sky Conference opponent Sacramento State on Sept. 23.

The Matadors finish the road trip against the University of San Francisco on Sept. 25, then return home to open Big West Conference play against UC Irvine on Sept. 30, at the Matador Soccer field, at 2:30 p.m.

Ivan Yeo can be reached at ivan.yeo.80@csun.edu.